b. 1830 New York. d. 10/12/1890 Brooklyn, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Born in 1830 in New York City, Hamilton was still living in the state of New York when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a coxswain on the USS Richmond. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he “performed his duties with skill and courage” despite heavy fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Richmond during the action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Hamilton performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle, which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.
BURIAL LOCATION: OAK GROVE CEMETERY, FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS.
LOT 2984, IBERIS PATH.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.