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

Charles H Smith

  • Rank: Coxswain (Highest Rank: Master's Mate)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Rhode Island
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 30, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA

Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862. Participating in the hazardous rescue of the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor, Smith, after rescuing several of the men, became separated in a heavy gale with other members of the cutter that had set out from the Rhode Island, and spent many hours in the small boat at the mercy of the weather and high seas until finally picked up by a schooner 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

Medal of Honor Recipient Charles H. Smith
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles H. Smith
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Maine
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1826, Standish, Cumberland County, ME, United States
  • Died: February 4, 1898, West Concord, VT, United States
  • Buried: Concord Village Cemetery, Concord, VT, United States

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