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b. 1827 France.  d. ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24-25/12/1864 and 13-15/01/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.

 

Immigrating from his native France, Prance volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1862). His enlistment is credited to the state of Massachusetts.

 

On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. Prance directed fire from the Ticonderoga’s guns upon Fort Fisher.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain of the Main Top George Prance, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA during attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13 to 15 January 1865. Despite heavy return fire by the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle which killed eight men and wounded 12 more, Captain of the Main Top Prance as Captain of a gun, performed his duties with skill and courage during the first two days of battle. As his ship again took position on the line on the 13th, he remained steadfast as the TICONDEROGA maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries on shore, and thereafter as she materially lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Prance