Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Although wounded when heavy enemy return-fire raked the decks of his ship, Sterling courageously remained at his post and continued passing shell until struck down a second time and completely disabled.
Accredited to: Maryland
Awarded Posthumously: No
Born: 1838, Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD, United States
Died: December 12, 1900, Baltimore, MD, United States
Buried: Western Cemetery, Baltimore, MD, United States