of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Pilot, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At: Louisiana. Born:
18 May 1814, Germany. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
As pilot of the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan, rebel
gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under terrific
enemy shellfire, Freeman calmly remained at his station in the maintop and skillfully
piloted the ships into the bay. He rendered gallant service throughout the prolonged
battle in which the rebel gunboats were captured or driven off, the prize ram Tennessee
forced to surrender, and the fort successfully attacked.
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