Hendrick Sharp

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Hendrick Sharp
Born 1815
Died 1892 (aged 76–77)
Place of burial Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Richmond
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards Medal of Honor

Hendrick Sharp (1815–1892) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Born in 1815 in Spain, Sharp immigrated to the United States and was living in New York when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Civil War as a seaman and gun captain on the USS Richmond. During the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he "fought his gun with skill and courage" despite heavy fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.[1][2]

Sharp's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

As captain of a 100-pounder rifle gun on topgallant forecastle on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Sharp fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of the batteries at Fort Morgan.[2]

Sharp died in 1892 at age 76 or 77 and was buried at Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery in Portsmouth, Virginia. His status as a Medal of Honor recipient was not discovered until late 2009. A new grave marker indicating his decoration was unveiled in 2010.[3]


  1. ^ "Hendrick Sharp". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M–Z)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Perron, Rebecca A. (May 31, 2010). "Memorial Day Observed at NMCP Cemetery". United States Navy. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. 

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