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

Martin Freeman

  • Rank: 1st Class Pilot (Highest Rank: Civilian)
  • 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
As pilot of the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under a terrific enemy shellfire, Freeman calmly remained at his station in the maintop and skillfully piloted the ships into the bay. He rendered gallant service throughout the prolonged battle in which the rebel gunboats were captured or driven off, the prize ram Tennessee forced to surrender, and the fort successfully attacked.
Medal of Honor Recipient Martin Freeman
Medal of Honor Recipient Martin Freeman
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ship's Island, Jackson County, Mississippi
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: May 18, 1814, Germany
  • Died: September 11, 1894, Pascagoula, MS, United States
  • Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Pascagoula, MS, United States
  • Location of Medal: Old Spanish Fort & Museum, Pascagoula, MS

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