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

Richard Henry Seward

  • Also Known As: Seaward, Richard Henry
  • Rank: Paymaster's Steward (Highest Rank: Master's Mate)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Commodore
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 23, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Ship Island Sound, Louisiana, USA

Served as paymaster's steward on board the U.S.S. Commodore, November 1863. Carrying out his duties courageously, Seward "volunteered to go on the field amidst a heavy fire to recover the bodies of two soldiers which he brought off with the aid of others; a second instance of personal valor within a fortnight." Promoted to acting master's mate.

Medal of Honor Recipient Richard H. Seward
Medal of Honor Recipient Richard H. Seward
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Kittery, York County, Maine
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: October 10, 1830, Kittery, York County, ME, United States
  • Died: May 30, 1899
  • Buried: First Christian Church Cemetery (MH), Kittery Point, ME, United States

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