of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
TOMLIN, ANDREW J.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1844, Goshen,
N.J. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
As corporal of the guard on board the U.S.S. Wabash during the assault on Fort Fisher,
on 15 January 1865. As 1 of 200 marines assembled to hold a line of entrenchments in the
rear of the fort which the enemy threatened to attack in force following a retreat in
panic by more than two-thirds of the assaulting ground forces, Cpl. Tomlin took position
in line and remained until morning when relief troops arrived from the fort. When one of
his comrades was struck down by enemy fire, he unhesitatingly advanced under a withering
fire of musketry into an open plain close to the fort and assisted the wounded man to a
place of safety.
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