of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, New York,
N.Y. Accredited To: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and
gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his
ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Deakin fought his
gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the
surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at
Fort Morgan. He also participated in the actions at Forts Jackson and St. Philip.
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