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b. 1833 Scotland.  d. 07/04/1869 ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 27/05/1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the Union Navy at Weymouth, Massachusetts. After the war he served in the merchant marine. Hamilton died of consumption while serving aboard a merchant vessel in the Atlantic, and was buried at sea.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

"Served as quartermaster on board the USS Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg (Mississippi) batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the Cincinnati, amidst an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the last although so penetrated by enemy shell fire that her fate was sealed. Conspicuously gallant during this action, Hamilton, severely wounded at the wheel, returned to his post and had to be sent down below, to hear the incessant roar of guns as the gallant ship went down, "her color nailed to the mast".

 

BURIAL LOCATION: BURIED AT SEA.

Thomas W Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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