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

Charles H Baldwin

  • Rank: Coal Heaver (Highest Rank: Acting Master's Mate)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Wyalusing
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 25, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Roanoke River, North Carolina, USA
Served on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participating in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864. Volunteering for the hazardous mission, C.H. Baldwin participated in the transfer of two torpedoes across an island swamp. Weighted by a line which was used to transfer the torpedoes, he swam the river and, when challenged by a sentry, was forced to abandon the plan after erasing its detection and before it could be carried to completion. Escaping the fire of the muskets, C.H. Baldwin spent two days and nights of hazardous travel without food, and finally arrived, fatigued, at the mother ship.
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles H. Baldwin
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles H. Baldwin
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: June 30, 1839, Wilmington, New Castle County, DE, United States
  • Died: November 22, 1911
  • Buried: Christ Church Cemetery, Accokeek, MD, United States

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