Robert Sommers (Medal of Honor)
December 17, 1837|
|Died||December 1, 1919(aged 81)|
|Place of burial||United States Naval Academy Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Navy
|Unit||USS Ticonderoga (1862)|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
• Second Battle of Fort Fisher
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Robert Sommers (December 17, 1837 – December 1, 1919) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865.
On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry.
Medal of Honor citation
For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Chief Quartermaster Robert Sommers, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA in the attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 13 to 15 January 1865. The ship took position in the line of battle and maintained a well-directed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phase of the engagement. Although several of the enemy's shots fell over and around the vessel, the TICONDEROGA fought her guns gallantly throughout three consecutive days of battle until the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)
Action Date: January 15, 1865
Rank: Chief Quartermaster
Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga
- List of Medal of Honor recipients
- List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: Q–S
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Second Battle of Fort Fisher
- "Robert Sommers". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- "Robert Sommers". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
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