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