of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Enlisted in: Nova Scotia. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful actions against Fort Morgan,
rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When the other members
of his guncrew were killed or wounded under the enemy's terrific shellfire, Pelham calmly
assisted the casualties below and voluntarily returned and took his place at an adjoining
gun where another man had been struck down. He continued to fight his gun throughout the
remainder of the battle which resulted in the capture of the Tennessee.
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