George H. Harrison

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George H. Harrison
Born (1842-04-09)April 9, 1842
Massachusetts
Died January 18, 1919(1919-01-18) (aged 76)
Place of burial Forestdale Cemetery Malden, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Kearsarge
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

George H. Harrison (April 9, 1842 – January 18, 1919) was an American sailor who received the Medal of Honor for valor in action during the American Civil War.

Biography[edit]

Harrison was born April 9, 1842 in Massachusetts, son of George L. and his first wife, Rosella F. (née Shaw) Harrison. On June 19, 1864 he was serving as a Seaman on the sloop of war USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry under fire while crewing the ship's 11 inch pivot gun.

He died on January 18, 1919 and was buried in Forestdale Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Massachusetts. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No. 45, December 31, 1864.

Citation:

Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as sponger and loader of the 11-inch pivot gun during the bitter engagement, Harrison exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

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