Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Diggins as loader of a gun remained steadfast at his post throughout the 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.
Accredited to: Maryland
Awarded Posthumously: No
Born: October 9, 1844, Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD, United States
Died: February 23, 1917, Washington, DC, United States
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (13-5400-15), Arlington, VA, United States