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

Barnett Kenna

  • Also Known As: Kenney, George B.
  • Rank: Quartermaster
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Brooklyn
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern, Kenna fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious action 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: Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1827, Canterbury, England
  • Died: May 28, 1890, Glouchester, MA, United States
  • Buried: Cherry Hill Cemetery (MH) (GAR-C-155/156), Glouchester, MA, United States

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