of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, New York,
N.Y. Accredited To: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel
gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to
his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to
stern, Nichols fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which
resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee, and in the damaging and
destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
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