of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Seaman and Gun Captain, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At:
New York, N.Y. Birth: England. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Served as captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Varuna during an attack on Forts Jackson
and St. Philip and while under fire and ramming by the rebel ship Morgan, 24 April 1862.
During this action at extremely close range while his ship was under furious fire and was
twice rammed by the rebel ship Morgan, Bourne remained steadfast at his gun and was
instrumental in inflicting damage on the enemy until the Varuna, badly damaged and forced
to beach, was finally sunk.
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