b. 1843 Brooksville, Maine. d. 10/11/1881 Lynn, Massachusetts.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05-06/03/1865 St Mark’s, Florida.
Born in 1843 in Brooksville, Maine, Michael Connelly (John Mack’s birth name) joined the Navy from that state. By March 5, 1865, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Hendrick Hudson. On that day and the next, he accompanied a Union Army force during the Battle of Natural Bridge near St. Marks, Florida. He helped transport and fire a naval howitzer throughout the engagement despite heavy Confederate fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on June 22, 1865; the medal was issued under the name “John Mack”. He was one of six sailors to receive the medal for manning artillery pieces during the battle, the others being Landsman John S. Lann, Seaman George Pyne, Ordinary Seaman Charles Read, Coxswain George Schutt, and Seaman Thomas Smith.
As seaman on board the U.S.S. Hendrick Hudson, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March 1865, Mack served with the Army in charge of Navy howitzers during the attack on St. Marks and, throughout this fierce engagement, made remarkable efforts in assisting transport of the gun. His coolness and determination in courageously standing by his gun while under the fire of the enemy were a credit to the service to which he belonged.
BURIAL LOCATION: ST MARY’S CEMETERY, LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS.
SECTION 6, ROW 6, LOT 8.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.