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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War in the Union Navy as a Quarter Gunner on board the "USS Metacomet". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on August 5, 1864 in Mobile Bay, Alabama while serving as a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the Union monitor "USS Tecumseh" when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts. His citation reads "Q.G. Baker braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had everseen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the "Tecumseh", eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe". His Medal was issued on January 15, 1866.

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Charles Baker (Medal of Honor) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Charles Baker
Reverse of Baker's Medal of Honor Born 1809
Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Died August 3, 1891 (aged 81–82) Place of burial Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia Allegiance United States Service/branch United States Navy Rank Quarter Gunner Unit USS Metacomet Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Mobile Bay Awards Medal of Honor

Charles Baker (1809 – August 3, 1891), also known as Henry Baker, was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Born in 1809 in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., Baker was living in New York City when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a quarter gunner on the USS Metacomet. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he was among the crew of a small boat sent from Metacomet to rescue survivors of the USS Tecumseh, which had been sunk by a naval mine (then known as "torpedoes"). Despite intense fire, the boat crew was able to pull ten Tecumseh men from the water. For this action, Baker was awarded the Medal of Honor a year and a half later, on January 15, 1866.[1][2] Baker's first name is given in some records as "Henry", and his medal is inscribed with that name.[3] Five other members of the boat crew also received the Medal of Honor: Seaman James Avery, Ordinary Seaman John C. Donnelly, Captain of the Forecastle John Harris, Seaman Henry Johnson, and Landsman Daniel Noble.[2][4]

Baker's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet. As a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Q.G. Baker braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral [ David Farragut ] to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.[2]

Baker died on August 3, 1891, at age 80 or 81 and was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia.[1][3]

 

USS Metacomet (1863)

USS Metacomet (1863) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other ships of the same name, see USS Metacomet.
USS Metacomet Career Name: USS Metacomet Builder: Thomas Stack, Brooklyn, New York Launched: 7 March 1863 Commissioned: 4 January 1864 Decommissioned: 18 August 1865 Fate: Sold, 28 October 1865 General characteristics Type: Steam gunboat Displacement: 1,173 long tons (1,192 t) Length: 205 ft (62 m) Beam: 35 ft (11 m) Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) Propulsion: Steam engine Speed: 12.5 kn (14.4 mph; 23.2 km/h) Armament: 2 × 100-pounder guns, 2 × 24-pounder guns, 1 × 12-pounder gun, 4 × 9-pounder guns

The second USS Metacomet was a wooden sidewheel steamer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. The ship was named for Metacomet, a war chief of the Wampanoag Indians.

Metacomet was launched on 7 March 1863 by Thomas Stack, Brooklyn, New York, and commissioned at New York on 4 January 1864 under the captaincy of Commander James E. Jouett.

Civil War

Metacomet joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in the blockade of Mobile Bay and captured British blockade runner Donegal on 6 June. On the 30th, Glasgow forced blockade runner Ivanhoe ashore near Fort Morgan, whose guns protected the ship from destruction by the Union. Unsuccessful in efforts to destroy her by long-range fire from Metacomet and Monongahela, Admiral David Farragut ordered a boat expedition to attempt the task. Under cover of darkness, boats from Metacomet and Kennebec slipped in close to shore and burned the steamer.

Metacomet and 17 other ships entered Mobile Bay in a double column on 5 August 1864. In the ensuing battle Metacomet and other Union ships captured Confederate ram CSS Tennessee, a major threat to the blockaders at Mobile. Farragut's ships maintained a heavy fire on Fort Morgan and Confederate gunboats, capturing CSS Selma. Metacomet then rescued survivors from Union monitor Tecumseh, sunk by a Confederate torpedo. Six Metacomet sailors were awarded the Medal of Honor for helping rescue the crew of the Tecumseh: Seaman James Avery, Quarter Gunner Charles Baker, Ordinary Seaman John C. Donnelly, Captain of the Forecastle John Harris, Seaman Henry Johnson, and Landsman Daniel Noble. A further two sailors, Boatswain's Mate Patrick Murphy and Coxswain Thomas Taylor, were awarded the medal for their conduct during the battle.[1]

With Mobile Bay in Union hands, Metacomet steamed to the Texas coast and captured blockade runner Susanna off Campechy Banks on 28 November, and took schooner Sea Witch and sloop Lilly off Galveston on 31 December 1864 and 6 January 1865, respectively.

Mines, then called "torpedoes", remained a danger to shipping in waters near Mobile, so Metacomet returned there to drag the Bay and Blakely Channel from 9 March-12 April. Returning north after the end of the conflict, Metacomet decommissioned at Philadelphia on 18 August and was sold there to John Roach & Sons on 28 October.

 

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