of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
MORRISON, JOHN G.
Rank and Organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At:
Lansingburg, N.Y. Born: 3 November 1842, Ireland G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Serving as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Carondelet, Morrison was commended for
meritorious conduct in general and especially for his heroic conduct and his inspiring
example to the crew in the engagement with the rebel ram Arkansas, Yazoo River, 15 July
1862. When the Carondelet was badly cut up, several of her crew killed, many wounded and
others almost suffocated from the effects of escaped steam, Morrison was the leader when
boarders were called on deck, and the first to return to the guns and give the ram a
broadside as she passed. His presence of mind in time of battle or trial is reported as
always conspicuous and encouraging.
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