b. 1834 Scotland. d. 29/02/1908 Rhode Island.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 23/12/1864 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Seaman in the Union Navy. The name on his marker reads "Harkins".
Hawkins served on board the USS Agawam as one of a volunteer crew of a powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864. The powder boat, towed in by the Wilderness, to prevent detection by the enemy, cast off and slowly steamed to within 300 yards of the beach. After fuses and fires had been lit and a second anchor with short scope let go to assure the boat's tailing inshore, the crew again boarded the Wilderness and proceeded a distance of 12 miles from shore. Less than two hours later the explosion took place, and the following day fires were observed still burning at the fort.
BURIAL LOCATION: ST MARY'S CEMETERY, WEST WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND.
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