James Horton (Medal of Honor)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Captain of the Top|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Horton was born in 1850 in Boston, Massachusetts and after joining the Navy was stationed aboard the USS Constitution as captain of the top. On February 13, 1879 he risked his life along with two other sailors to repair the ship's rudder during a storm. Horton was lowered over the stern of the ship and cut the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains, allowing the rudder itself to be repaired. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1850, Boston, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Constitution, at sea, 13 February 1879, Horton showed courageous conduct in going over the stern during a heavy gale and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.
- "Interim Awards, 1871-98; Horton, James entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
- "Constitution". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. February 8, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2010.