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

Charles Baker

Details
  • Rank: Quarter Gunner
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Metacomet
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation

Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet. As a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh when the vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Q.G. Baker braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he has ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1809, Georgetown (Washington), DC
  • Died: August 3, 1891, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Mount Moriah (MH) (VA plot 2-22-22), Philadelphia, PA, United States
 

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