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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Marine Corps

Christopher Nugent

  • Rank: Orderly Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Fort Henry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 15, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Crystal River, Florida, USA
Served on board the U.S.S. Fort Henry, Crystal River, Fla., 15 June 1863. Reconnoitering on the Crystal River on this date and in charge of a boat from the Fort Henry, Orderly Sgt. Nugent ordered an assault upon a rebel breastwork fortification. In this assault, the orderly sergeant and his comrades drove a guard of 11 rebels into the swamp, capturing their arms and destroying their camp equipage while gallantly withholding fire to prevent harm to a woman among the fugitives. On 30 July 1863, he further proved his courage by capturing a boat off Depot Key, Fla., containing two men and a woman with their baggage.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1838, County Cavan, Ireland
  • Died: May 6, 1898
  • Buried: St. Raymond's Cemetery (MH) (6-27-39), Bronx, NY, United States

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