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CMOHS.org - Boatswain's Mate McDONALD, JOHN, U.S. Navy

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McDONALD, JOHN

Rank: Boatswain's Mate
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1817, Scotland
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 11
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Accredited To: Massachusetts
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Citation

Serving on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age, and the Scotland, sunk on a bar where they were ordered burned. Continuing up the river, she was fired on but, upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured large quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, McDonald, as boatswain's mate, "distinguished himself in the various actions."