Richard Hamilton (Medal of Honor)
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January 23, 1836|
|Died||January 20, 1881
Camden, New Jersey
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Navy
|Years of service||1862 - 1865|
|Unit||U.S. Picket Boat No. 1|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Richard Hamilton (January 23, 1836 – January 20, 1881), a naval coal heaver, received the Medal of Honor for bravery for his participation in the sinking of the CSS Albemarle during the American Civil War.
Hamilton, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, served in the US Navy from 1862 to 1865. He was taken prisoner after the action on the Roanoke River for which he would later be honored. He survived the war and died in Camden, New Jersey on July 6, 1881. 
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Coal Heaver, U.S. Navy. Born: 1836, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.
Hamilton served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost.
- "Richard Hamilton". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
- "Richard Hamilton, Medal of Honor recipient". American Civil War (A-L). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
- "Gravesite for Richard Hamilton". C. Douglas Sterner. Retrieved December 17, 2007.