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CMOHS.org - First Class Fireman McCLELLAND, MATTHEW, U.S. Navy

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McCLELLAND, MATTHEW

Rank: First Class Fireman
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1833, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 17
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Accredited To: New York
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Citation

Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6_inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety_valve chamber and also damaged the port safety_valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately became filled with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis, McClelland persisted in penetrating the steam_filled room in order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces and continued this gallant action until the gravity of the situation had lessened.