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CMOHS.org - Captain of the Forecastle SHUTES, HENRY, U.S. Navy

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SHUTES, HENRY

Rank: Captain of the Forecastle
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1804, Baltimore, Md.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 71
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Accredited To: Maryland
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Citation

Served as captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Wissahickon during the battle of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862; and in the engagement at Fort McAllister, 27 February 1863. Going on board the U.S.S. Wissahickon from the U.S.S. Don where his seamanlike qualities as gunner's mate were outstanding, Shutes performed his duties with skill and courage. Showing a presence of mind and prompt action when a shot from Fort McAllister penetrated the Wissahickon below the water line and entered the powder magazine, Shutes contributed materially to the preservation of the powder and safety of the ship.