b. 1834 County Sligo, Ireland. d. 28/12/1891 Charlotte, Michigan.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Hudson was born in 1834 in County Sligo, Ireland, and after immigrating to the United States he joined the Marine Corps from Brooklyn on September 12, 1861. He was a sergeant assigned to the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Brooklyn when it was sent to fight in the American Civil War. On August 5, 1864, during the Battle of Mobile Bay the Brooklyn, along with several other ships waged a campaign against several confederate controlled forts and gunboats. During the battle the Brooklyn suffered severe damage and several men on board were killed. Hudson continued fighting through the 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram CSS Tennessee. For this action he received the United States militaries highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor December 31, 1864.
Hudson was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on October 25, 1865. He died December 28, 1891.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked the decks, Sgt. Hudson fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious two-hour battle, which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee.
BURIAL LOCATION: MAPLE HILL CEMETERY, CHARLOTTE, MICHIGAN.
SECTION C, LOT 14.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.