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Lebbeus Simkins

Details
  • Also Known As: Simpkins, Lebbeus
  • Rank: Coxswain
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Richmond
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and against the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Simkins performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the furious two-hour battle, which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1836, Utica, Oneida County, NY, United States
  • Died: September 10, 1884, Sacramento, CA, United States
  • Buried: I.O.O.F. Tier, City Cemetery (MH) (5-113), Sacramento, CA, United States
 

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