of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Baltimore,
Md. Accredited To: Maryland. G.O. No.: 391, 12 November 1891.
On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, 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, Diggins, as loader of a
gun, remained steadfast at his post throughout the 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.
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