Edward Price MOH

b. 1840 New York. d. ?

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Fort Morgan, Alabama.

Born in about 1840 in New York, Price was still living in that state when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a coxswain on the USS Brooklyn. Throughout the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he helped work one of Brooklyn’s artillery pieces, at one point fixing the disabled gun by clearing a broken sponge from its barrel. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.



On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When the sponge broke, leaving the head in the gun and completely disabling the weapon, Price immediately cleared it by pouring powder into the vent and blowing the sponge head out, thereafter continuing to man the weapon until the close of the furious action which resulted in the capture of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the infliction of damage and destruction of Fort Morgan.