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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy

Alexander H Truett

Details
  • Rank: Coxswain
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Richmond
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Truett performed his duties with skill and courage throughout a furious two-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 24, 1865
  • Born: July 4, 1833, Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD, United States
  • Died: December 5, 1898, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA, United States
 

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