b. 1845 New York. d. 03/03/1888 Rensselaer, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 27/10/1864 USS Picket Boat No 1.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a prisoner of war. He served as a Landsman in the Union Navy.
Wilkes served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram, Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost.
BURIAL LOCATION: BEVERWYCK CEMETERY, RENSSELAER, NEW YORK.
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