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CMOHS.org - Signal Quartermaster THOMPSON, WILLIAM, U.S. Navy

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THOMPSON, WILLIAM

Rank: Signal Quartermaster
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: Cape May County, N.J.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Boston, Mass.
G.O. Number: 17
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Citation

During action of the main squadron of ships against heavily defended Forts Beauregard and Walker on Hilton Head, 7 November 1861. Serving as signal quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Mohican, Thompson steadfastly steered the ship with a steady and bold heart under the batteries; was wounded by a piece of shell but remained at his station until he fell from loss of blood. Legs since amputated.