of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1821, Newark, N.J.
Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Serving as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks
against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August
1864. Acting as captain of a gun, Whitfield coolly stood by his gun, holding on to the
lock string and waited alongside the rebel ram Tennessee until able to fire the shot that
entered her port. Whitfield courageously carried out his duties during the prolonged
action which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in the damaging and
destruction of Fort Morgan.
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