Charles H. Foy

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Charles H. Foy
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Born 1809
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died 30 May 1866
New York
Place of burial Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Years of service 1861 - 1866
Rank Signal Quartermaster
Unit USS Rhode Island (1861)
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Second Battle of Fort Fisher
Awards Medal of Honor

Charles H. Foy (1809 – 30 May 1866) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865.

Military service[edit]

Despite being in his early 50's, Foy joined the Navy from Boston in July 1861, and was assigned to the Union steamer USS Rhode Island (1861). [1]

On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Signal Quartermaster Charles H. Foy, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island during the action with Fort Fisher and the Federal Point batteries, North Carolina, 13 to 15 January 1865. Carrying out his duties courageously during the battle, Signal Quartermaster Foy continued to be outstanding by his good conduct and faithful services throughout this engagement which resulted in a heavy casualty list when an attempt was made to storm Fort Fisher.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)

Action Date: January 15, 1865

Service: Navy

Rank: Signal Quartermaster

Division: U.S.S. Rhode Island

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