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

Horatio Nelson Young

Details
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Lehigh
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 16, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task of freeing the Lehigh, which had grounded and was under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie. After several previous attempts had been made, Young succeeded in passing in a small boat from the Lehigh to the Nahant with a line bent on a hawser. This courageous action while under severe enemy fire enabled the Lehigh to be freed from her helpless position.
Medal of Honor Recipient Horatio N. Young
Medal of Honor Recipient Horatio N. Young
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 19, 1845, Calais, Washington County, ME, United States
  • Died: July 3, 1913, Calais (Red Beach), ME, United States
  • Buried: The Rural Cemetery (MH), St. Stephen's, New Brunswick, Canada
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