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BELL, GEORGE

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Served as pilot of the U.S.S. Santee when that vessel was engaged in cutting out the rebel armed schooner Royal Yacht from Galveston Bay, 7 November 1861, and evinced more coolness, in passing the four forts and the rebel steamer General Rusk, than was ever before witnessed by his commanding officer. "Although severely wounded, in the encounter, he displayed extraordinary courage under the most painful and trying circumstances."

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Service

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Division

U.S. Navy Captain of the Afterguard U.S.S. Santee

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1861 Sunderland, England

Citation

Served as pilot of the U.S.S. Santee when that vessel was engaged in cutting out the rebel armed schooner Royal Yacht from Galveston Bay, 7 November 1861, and evinced more coolness, in passing the four forts and the rebel steamer General Rusk, than was ever before witnessed by his commanding officer. "Although severely wounded, in the encounter, he displayed extraordinary courage under the most painful and trying circumstances."