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

Wilson Brown

  • Rank: Landsman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Hartford
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Knocked unconscious into the hold of the ship when an enemy shellburst fatally wounded a man on the ladder above him, Brown, upon regaining consciousness, promptly returned to the shell whip on the berth deck and zealously continued to perform his duties, although four of the six men at this station had been either killed or wounded by the enemy's terrific fire.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mississippi River, Mississippi
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1841, Natchez, Adams County, MS, United States
  • Died: January 24, 1900
  • Buried: Natchez National Cemetery (MH) (G-152), Natchez, MS, United States
  • Location of Medal: Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC

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