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

James Tallentine

Details
  • Rank: Quarter Gunner
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Tacony
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 31, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Plymouth, North Carolina, USA
Citation
Served as quarter gunner on board the U.S.S. Tacony during the taking of Plymouth, N.C., 31 October 1864. Carrying out his duties faithfully during the capture of Plymouth, Tallentine distinguished himself by a display of coolness when he participated in landing and spiking a 9-inch gun while under devastating fire from enemy musketry. Tallentine later gave his life while courageously engaged in storming Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: December 31, 1864
  • Born: 1840, England
  • Died: January 15, 1865, Fort Fisher, NC, United States
  • Location of Medal: Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
 

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