of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1824, Norway. Accredited
To: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel
gunboats and the ram, Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving as a gun captain
Phinney showed much presence of mind in managing the gun, and gave much needed
encouragement to the crew during the engagement which resulted in the capture of the prize
rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of Fort Morgan.
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