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b. 17/01/1834 Bath, Maine.  d. 29/11/1902 Boston, Massachusetts.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/12/1864 - 22/01/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.

 

Born on January 17, 1834, in Bath, Maine, Verney was living in Portland, Maine, when he joined the Navy. He served as a chief quartermaster on the USS Pontoosuc during the Wilmington Campaign, from the First Battle of Fort Fisher on December 24, 1864, through the campaign's end on February 22, 1865. For his actions in this period, he was awarded the Medal of Honor months later, on June 22, 1865. Verney was lighthouse keeper of the Whaleback Light near Kittery, Maine, from 1869 to 1871.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Served as chief quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, 24 December 1864 to 22 February 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully throughout this period, Verney was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under fire of the enemy throughout these various actions.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY, DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS.

Range H, Oak Hill Section, Grave 150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James W Verney

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