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

James R Garrison

  • Rank: Coal Heaver
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Hartford
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during successful engagements against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When a shell struck his foot and severed one of his toes, Garrison remained at his station at the shell whip and, after crudely bandaging the wound, continued to perform his duties until severely wounded by another shell burst.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: June 22, 1838, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY, United States
  • Died: April 19, 1908, Hampton, VA, United States
  • Buried: Hampton National Cemetery (MH) (B-9523), Hampton, VA, United States

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