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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Union Navy as a Landsman and entered the service in Pennsylvania. He was awarded the CMOH on General Order Number 45, dated December 31, 1864. His citation reads "Served on board the USS Tacony during the taking of Plymouth, NC, 31 October 1864. Carrying out his duties faithfully during the capture of Plymouth, Brutsche distinguished himself by a display of coolness when he participated in landing and spiking a 9-inch gun while under a devastating fire from enemy musketry." He was originally interred in Monument Cemetery, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. When the cemetery was closed down, he was re-interred in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Pennsylvania in 1956.

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Landsman Henry Brutsche Navy

Birth:  1846
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA Death:  Dec. 27, 1880
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Union Navy as a Landsman and entered the service in Pennsylvania. He was awarded the CMOH on General Order Number 45, dated December 31, 1864. His citation reads "Served on board the USS Tacony during the taking of Plymouth, NC, 31 October 1864. Carrying out his duties faithfully during the capture of Plymouth, Brutsche distinguished himself by a display of coolness when he participated in landing and spiking a 9-inch gun while under a devastating fire from enemy musketry." He was originally interred in Monument Cemetery, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. When the cemetery was closed down, he was re-interred in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Pennsylvania in 1956.

 

USS Tacony (1863)

USS Tacony (1863) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Tacony (disambiguation). For other ships of the same name, see USS Tacony and CSS Tacony.
USS Tacony (far left) attacking Plymouth, North Carolina Career (USA) Name: USS Tacony Namesake: A section of northeastern Philadelphia on the bank of the Delaware River Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard Laid down: Date unknown Launched: 7 May 1863 Commissioned: 12 February 1864 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Decommissioned: 7 October 1867 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire Struck: 1868 (est.) Fate: Sold, 26 August 1868 Notes: Double ended ship General characteristics Displacement: 974 tons Length: 205 ft (62 m) Beam: 35 ft (11 m) Draft: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m) Depth of hold: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m) Propulsion: Steam engine, side wheel-propelled Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) Complement: 145 Armament: • 2 × 11 in (280 mm) Dahlgren smoothbore guns
• 3 × 9 in (230 mm) Dahlgren smoothbore guns
• 1 × 24-pounder howitzer
• 2 × 12-pounder guns
• 1 × brass fieldpiece

USS Tacony (1863) was a double-ended, side-wheel steamboat acquired by the Union Navy during the third year of the American Civil War. She was outfitted as a heavy gunboat with powerful guns and used in the Union blockade of the waterways of the Confederate States of America.

Contents Built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Built by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Tacony – the first ship to be so-named by the U.S. Navy – was launched on 7 May 1863; sponsored by Miss Ellie M. Wells, daughter of Lieutenant Commander Clark H. Wells, the captain of the yard at Philadelphia; and commissioned there on 12 February 1864, Lt. Comdr. William T. Truxtun in command.

Civil War operations Assigned to the East Gulf blockade

The double-ender was assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron and sailed south from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania soon thereafter, bound for Key West, Florida. She reached Newport News, Virginia, on the 15th and entered the Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs to her steering machinery. While the steamer was undergoing this yard work, a dispatch arrived reassigning her to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

Reassigned to the North Atlantic blockade

She departed Hampton Roads before dawn on the morning of 27 February, bound for the North Carolina sounds to strengthen Union forces afloat in those dangerous waters against the attacks by the Confederate ironclad ram Albemarle, then reportedly nearing completion up the Roanoke River. But for a brief run—via Norfolk, Virginia – to Washington, D.C. for repair, she served in the sounds until after the destruction of Albemarle on the night of 27 and 28 October.

On 31 October 1864, the ship participated in the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina. Four sailors from the Tacony were awarded the Medal of Honor for going ashore and disabling a Confederate artillery gun while under heavy fire during this action. The men were Landsman Henry Brutsche, Landsman Robert Graham, Landsman Michael C. Horgan, and Quarter Gunner James Tallentine.[1][2]

Supporting the attack on Fort Fisher

In December, Tacony left the sounds to join the force Rear Admiral David D. Porter was assembling to destroy the defenses of Wilmington, North Carolina; and she participated in the abortive attack against Fort Fisher on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. She was part of the powerful fleet which Porter led back to Fort Fisher in mid-January 1865, and she supported the effort which finally compelled that valuable Confederate stronghold to surrender on the 15th. She also participated in the attack against Fort Anderson late in the month.

The ship continued blockade duty through the collapse of the Confederacy and then sailed north.

Post-war service and decommissioning

She was decommissioned at Boston, Massachusetts on 21 June 1865 for repairs. Recommissioned on 16 September 1865, the ship served—but for another period out of commission undergoing repairs from 21 November 1866 to 12 February 1867 – until 7 October 1867 when she was decommissioned for the final time at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tacony remained in ordinary until 26 August 1868 when she was sold. No trace of her subsequent career has been found.

See also American Civil War portal United States Navy portal Military of the United States portal References
  1. ^ "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A–L)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M–Z)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.

 

USS Tacony (1863)Wikipedia: USS Tacony was a double-ended, side-wheel steamboat acquired by the Union Navy during the third year of the American Civil War.

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