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

Bartlett Laffey

  • Rank: Seaman (Highest Rank: Acting Master's Mate)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Marmora
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: off Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
Off Yazoo City, Miss., 5 March 1864, embarking from the Marmora with a 12-pound howitzer mounted on a field carriage, Laffey landed with the gun and crew in the midst of heated battle and, bravely standing by his gun despite enemy rifle fire which cut the gun carriage and rammer, contributed to the turning back of the enemy during the fierce engagement.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1841, Galway, County Galway, Ireland
  • Died: March 22, 1901, Chelsea, MA, United States
  • Buried: Old Calvary Cemetery (MH) (5-39-49), Roslindale, MA, United States

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