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

Robert Blake

  • Rank: Contraband
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 25, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: off Legareville, Stono River, John's Island, South Carolina, USA

On board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December 1863, in an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Serving the rifle gun, Blake, an escaped slave, carried out his duties bravely throughout the engagement, which resulted in the enemy's abandonment of positions, leaving a caisson and one gun behind.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Port Royal, Beaufort County, South Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: , SC, United States
  • Died:

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