Mark G. Ham

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Mark G. Ham
Born 1820
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died 1869 (aged 48–49)
Buried Harmony Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Navy
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Mark G. Ham (1820 – 1869) was an American sailor who received the Medal of Honor for valor in action during the American Civil War.


Ham was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was a member of the crew of USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama on June 19, 1864 off Cherbourg, France. During this action, he distinguished himself under heavy fire from the enemy.[1]

Ham is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and Organization: Carpenter's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1820, Portsmouth, N.H. Accredited To: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.


Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864. Performing his duties intelligently and faithfully, Ham distinguished himself in the face of the bitter enemy fire and was highly commended by his divisional officer.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (A-L)". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Mark G. Ham". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-12-25.