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CMOHS.org - Second Captain of the Top SMITH, JOHN, U.S. Navy

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SMITH, JOHN

Rank: Second Captain of the Top
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1826, Albany, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 45
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Accredited To: New York
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Citation

As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Smith fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.