of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Ireland. Accredited
To: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served as second quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the
Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the 11-inch pivot gun of
the second division, Smith carried out his duties courageously and deserved special notice
for the deliberate and cool manner in which he acted throughout the bitter engagement. It
is stated by rebel officers that this gun was more destructive and did more damage than
any other gun of Kearsarge.
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