Masters Mate John F Bickford Navy

Masters Mate John F Bickford Navy

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War in the Union Navy as a Captain of the Top on board the "USS Kearsarge". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the "Kearsarge"'s celebrated sinking of the Confederate raider "CSS Alabama" off Cherbourg, France, on June 19, 1864. His citation reads "Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer". His Medal was awarded on December 31, 1864. He was one of 17 "USS Kearsarge" crewmembers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in the defeat of the "Alabama" (the others being Paymaster’s Steward Michael Aheam, Boatswain’s Mate William S. Bond, Captain of the Forecastle James Haley, Carpenter’s Mate Mark G. Ham, Seaman George H. Harrison, Coxswain John Hayes, Seaman James H. Lee, Seaman Charles Moore, Seaman Joachim Pease, Boatswain’s Mate Thomas Perry, Quartermaster William B. Poole, Coxswain Charles A. Read, Seaman George E. Read, Quartermaster James Saunders, Quartermaster William Smith and Captain of the Top Robert Strahan).

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Masters Mate John F Bickford Navy

    John F. Bickford

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search John F. Bickford Born March 12, 1843
    Tremont, Maine Died April 28, 1927 (aged 84) Place of burial Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Gloucester, Massachusetts Allegiance United States of America
    Union Service/branch United States Navy
    Union Navy Rank Master's Mate Awards Medal of Honor

    John F. Bickford (March 12, 1843 – April 28, 1927) received the Medal of Honor in the American Civil War. Bickford was born in Tremont, Maine.

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    Biography

    Bickford was a Master's Mate in the United States Navy, on December 31, 1864, he "Served on board the USS Kearsarge when she destroyed the CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer".

    John died on April 28, 1927. He is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Gloucester, Massachusetts.[1]

    Medal of Honor citation

    Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Tremont, Maine. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.

    Citation:

    Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.

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    Biography portal
    American Civil War portal
    United States Navy portal

    References

    1. ^ Gaines, Nancy (July 3, 2011). "'Mustering' for the Civil War, 150 years ago". Gloucester Daily Times (Gloucester, Massachusetts). Archived from the original on October 9, 2012.
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