Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1817, Scotland.
Accredited To: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 11 , 3 April 1 863.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December
1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, with the
object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John
Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age, and the Scotland, sunk on a bar where they were ordered
burned. Continuing up the river, she was fired on but, upon returning the fire, caused the
enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured large quantities of
enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, McDonald,
as boatswain's mate, "distinguished himself in the various actions."