of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, Cincinnati, Ohio. Accredited
To: Ohio. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and
at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the
Cincinnati amidst, an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the
last, though so penetrated by shellfire that her fate was sealed. Serving bravely during
this action, McHugh was conspicuously cool under the fire of the enemy, never ceasing to
fire until this proud ship went down, "her colors nailed to the mast."
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