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MARTIN, WILLIAM

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Served as boatswain's mate on board U.S.S. Benton during the attack on Haines Bluff, Yazoo River, 27 December 1862. Taking part in the hour-and-a-half engagement with the enemy, who had the dead-range of the vessel and was punishing her with heavy fire, Martin served courageously throughout the battle until the Benton was ordered to withdraw.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate (highest rank: Master's Mate) U.S.S. Benton

Conflict

Year of honor

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Civil War 1862 New York, New York

Citation

Served as boatswain's mate on board U.S.S. Benton during the attack on Haines Bluff, Yazoo River, 27 December 1862. Taking part in the hour-and-a-half engagement with the enemy, who had the dead-range of the vessel and was punishing her with heavy fire, Martin served courageously throughout the battle until the Benton was ordered to withdraw.