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FREEMAN, MARTIN

freeman martin

As pilot of the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under a terrific enemy shellfire, Freeman calmly remained at his station in the maintop and skillfully piloted the ships into the bay. He rendered gallant service throughout the prolonged battle in which the rebel gunboats were captured or driven off, the prize ram Tennessee forced to surrender, and the fort successfully attacked.

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U.S. Navy 1st Class Pilot (Civilian) (highest rank: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant) U.S.S. Hartford

Conflict

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Civil War 1864 Germany

Citation

As pilot of the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under a terrific enemy shellfire, Freeman calmly remained at his station in the maintop and skillfully piloted the ships into the bay. He rendered gallant service throughout the prolonged battle in which the rebel gunboats were captured or driven off, the prize ram Tennessee forced to surrender, and the fort successfully attacked.