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Robert Williams

  • Rank: Signal Quartermaster
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Benton
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 27, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Drumgould's Bluff, Mississippi, USA
Served as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Benton during the Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Taking part in the hour- and-a-half engagement with the enemy at Drumgould's Bluff, 27 December, Williams served courageously throughout that battle against hostile forces in which the enemy had the dead-range of the vessel and were punishing her with heavy fire and various other action in which he took part during the Yazoo River Expedition.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 15, 1863
    Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, on board the U.S.S. North Carolina, presented by Capt. Richard Meade
  • Born: 1837, New York, NY, United States
  • Died:

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