James McIntosh (Medal of Honor)

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James McIntosh
Born (1829-11-17)November 17, 1829
Died May 28, 1908(1908-05-28) (aged 78)
Place of burial Arlington Memorial Park, Kearny, New Jersey
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Captain of the Top
Unit USS Richmond
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards Medal of Honor

James McIntosh (November 17, 1829 – May 28, 1908) 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 on November 17, 1829, in Canada, McIntosh immigrated to the United States and was living in New York when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served during the Civil War as a captain of the top on the USS Richmond. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he "performed his duties 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]

McIntosh's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

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, McIntosh performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.[2]

McIntosh died on May 28, 1908, at age 78 while a resident of the Home for Disabled Soldiers in Kearny, New Jersey. He was buried in Kearny's Arlington Memorial Park.[3]


  1. ^ "James McIntosh". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 22, 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 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Leir, Ron (August 15, 2012). "Will Civil War vet's name be attached to Wittpenn Bridge?". The Observer. Kearny, New Jersey. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. 

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