William Pelham Civil War (Medal of Honor)

William R. Pelham (December 24, 1845 or December 8, 1847 – March 30, 1933[1]) was a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War and a recipient of the United States military‘s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Medal of Honor Citation

Rank and Organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in: Nova Scotia. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.

Citation:

On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful actions against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram CSS Tennessee (1863) in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When the other members of his guncrew were killed or wounded under the enemy’s terrific shellfire, Pelham calmly assisted the casualties below and voluntarily returned and took his place at an adjoining gun where another man had been struck down. He continued to fight his gun throughout the remainder of the battle which resulted in the capture of the Tennessee.[3]

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