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CMOHS.org - Orderly Sergeant NUGENT, CHRISTOPHER, U.S. Marine Corps

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Rank: Orderly Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Born: 1840, County of Caven, Ireland
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 32
Date of Issue:  
Accredited To: Massachusetts
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Serving on board the U.S.S. Fort Henry, Crystal River, Fla., 15 June 1863. Reconnoitering on the Crystal River on this date and in charge of a boat from the Fort Henry, Orderly Sgt. Nugent ordered an assault upon a rebel breastwork fortification. In this assault, the orderly sergeant and his comrades drove a guard of 11 rebels into the swamp, capturing their arms and destroying their camp equipage while gallantly withholding fire to prevent harm to a woman among the fugitives. On 30 July 1863, he further proved his courage by capturing a boat off Depot Key, Fla., containing 2 men and a woman with their baggage.