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

Bartholomew Diggins

Details
  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Hartford
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
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.
Medal of Honor Recipient Bartholomew Diggins
Medal of Honor Recipient Bartholomew Diggins
Additional Details
  • 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
 

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