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CIVILIAN MARTIN FREEMAN

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Rank and Organization: Pilot, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At: Louisiana. Born: 18 May 1814, Germany. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.

As pilot of the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under terrific enemy shellfire, Freeman calmly remained at his station in the maintop and skillfully piloted the ships into the bay. He rendered gallant service throughout the prolonged battle in which the rebel gunboats were captured or driven off, the prize ram Tennessee forced to surrender, and the fort successfully attacked.

SOURCE: http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_1862_cwa/freeman_martin.html

Birth:   May 18, 1814

Death:  Sep. 11, 1894
Pascagoula
Jackson County
Mississippi, USA

Buried: Greenwood Cemetery
Pascagoula
Jackson County
Mississippi

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CIVILIAN JOHN H. FERRELL

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Rank and Organization: Pilot, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At: Illinois. Born: 15 April 1823, Tennessee. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.

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Served on board the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Ferrell gallantly left the pilothouse after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, make it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy.

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Pilot (Captain) in the Union Navy. His citation reads "Served on board the USS Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Ferrell gallantly left the pilothouse after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, made it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining, although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy." (bio by: Don Morfe)

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Civilian pilot John Ferrell was one of two men of the U.S. Navy to earn the Medal of Honor in action aboard the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tennessee, on December 6, 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Mr. Ferrell gallantly left the pilot house after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, made it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining, although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy. Quartermaster John Ditzenback also earned the Medal of Honor in this action.

BURIED: Price Cemetery
Elizabethtown
Hardin County
Illinois

SOURCE: http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_1862_cwa/ferrell.html

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CIVILIAN WILLIAM H. WOODALL

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Rank and Organization: Civilian scout, U.S. Army, Major General Philip H. Sheridan's Headquarters, during Civil War. Place and Date: Virginia, Appomattox campaign, Sailors Creek, March 29 to April 9, 1865. Entered service at Winchester, Virginia. Birthdate: unknown. Date Of Issue: 25 April 1865. Place: Washington, D.C., 3 May 1865. Note: Was Chief Civilian Scout for Major General Philip H. Sheridan's Cavalry Corps, which consisted of VI and XIX Corps.

CITATION:

Captured flag of Brigadier General Rufus Barringer's headquarters brigade.

In 1916, the general review of all Medals of Honor deemed 911 unwarranted. Because he was a civilian, this recipient was among them. In June 1989 the U.S. Army Board of Correction of Records restored the medal to William Woodall.)

 

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MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

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The Medal of Honor, established by joint resolution of Congress, 12 July 1862 (amended by Act of 9 July 1918 and Act of 25 July 1963) is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Services, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of The United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which The United States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of service is exacted and each recommendation for award of this decoration is considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

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