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

Martin McHugh

Details
  • Also Known As: McCue, Martin
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Cincinnati
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 27, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Citation
Served on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the Cincinnati, amidst an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the last, though so penetrated by shellfire that her fate was sealed. Serving bravely during this action, McHugh was conspicuously cool under the fire of the enemy, never ceasing to fire until this proud ship went down, "her colors nailed to the mast."
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1837, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, United States
  • Died: February 23, 1905, Danville, IL, United States
  • Buried: Resurrection Cemetery (buried as McCue), Danville, IL, United States
 

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