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: 1826,
Massachusetts. Accredited To: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel
gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to
his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to
stern, Dennis displayed outstanding skill and courage in operating the torpedo catcher and
in assisting in working the bow chasers throughout the furious battle which resulted in
the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of
batteries at Fort Morgan.
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