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CMOHS.org - Quarter Gunner HAFFEE, EDMUND, U.S. Navy

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HAFFEE, EDMUND

Rank: Quarter Gunner
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1832, Philadelphia, Pa.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 59
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Accredited To: Pennsylvania
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Citation

Haffee served on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13, 14, and 15 January 1865. The ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close inshore, and immediately opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well-directed fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during the first 2 days of fighting. Taken under fire, as she steamed into position on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition at night despite severe weather conditions. When the enemy came out of his bombproof to defend the fort against the storming party, the ship's battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the cease-fire orders were given by the flagship.