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CMOHS.org - Coal Heaver BALDWIN, CHARLES, U.S. Navy

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BALDWIN, CHARLES

Rank: Coal Heaver
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 30 June 1839, Delaware
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 45
Date of Issue: 12/31/1864
Accredited To: Pennsylvania
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Citation

Serving on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participating in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albermarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864. Volunteering for the hazardous mission, C.H. Baldwin participated in the transfer of 2 torpedoes across an island swamp. Weighted by a line which was used to transfer the torpedoes, he swam the river and, when challenged by a sentry, was forced to abandon the plan after erasing its detection and before it could be carried to completion. Escaping the fire of the muskets, C.H. Baldwin spent 2 days and nights of hazardous travel without food, and finally arrived, fatigued, at the mother ship.