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

William Parker

Details
  • Rank: Captain of the Afterguard
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Cayuga
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 24 - 25, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Forts Jackson & St. Philip and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Citation
At the wheel on board the U.S.S. Cayuga during the capture of Forts St. Philip and Jackson, and of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. As his ship led the advance column toward the barrier and both forts opened fire simultaneously, striking the vessel from stem to stern, Parker conscientiously performed his duties throughout the action in which attempts by three rebel steamers to butt and board were thwarted, and the ships driven off. Eleven gunboats were successfully engaged and the enemy garrisons forced to surrender during this battle in which the Cayuga sustained 46 hits.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1839, Boston, Suffolk County, MA, United States
  • Died:
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