Michael Connelly (Medal of Honor)

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Michael Connelly, a.k.a. John Mack
Born 1843
Brooksville, Maine
Died November 10, 1881 (aged 37–38)
Place of burial Saint Mary's Cemetery
Lynn, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Hendrick Hudson
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Natural Bridge
Awards Medal of Honor

Michael Connelly (1843 – November 10, 1881) was a United States Navy sailor and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the American Civil War. He served under the name John Mack.

Born in 1843 in Brooksville, Maine, Connelly joined the Navy from that state. By March 5, 1865, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Hendrick Hudson. On that day and the next, he accompanied a Union Army force during the Battle of Natural Bridge near St. Marks, Florida. He helped transport and fire a naval howitzer throughout the engagement despite heavy Confederate fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on June 22, 1865; the medal was issued under the name "John Mack".[1][2] He was one of six sailors to receive the medal for manning artillery pieces during the battle, the others being Landsman John S. Lann, Seaman George Pyne, Ordinary Seaman Charles Read, Coxswain George Schutt, and Seaman Thomas Smith.[2][3]

Connelly's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

As seaman on board the U.S.S. Hendrick Hudson, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March 1865, Mack served with the Army in charge of Navy howitzers during the attack on St. Marks and, throughout this fierce engagement, made remarkable efforts in assisting transport of the gun. His coolness and determination in courageously standing by his gun while under the fire of the enemy were a credit to the service to which he belonged.[2]

He is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts. His grave can be found in Section 6, Row 6, Lot 18.[4]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "John Mack". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "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 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A–L)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "John Mack". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 9, 2011.