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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember HAMILTON, Richard (MOH), FN.

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Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Survived the Civil War, and died
in Camden, New Jersey, 1881.

Date of Passing
Jan 20, 1881
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)
  1865, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) - Assoc. Page

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January 23, 1836 – January 20, 1881
Coal Heaver, U.S. Navy
Medal of Honor for bravery during the American Civil War
Prisoner of War
U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, 27 October 1864

Rank and organization: Coal Heaver, U.S. Navy. Born: 1836, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864. Medal of Honor citation below.

Hamilton, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was taken prisoner after the explosion, survived the war, and died in Camden, New Jersey on July 6, 1881.

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Hamilton 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.

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