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Peter Cotton
Birth: 1839
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: unknown

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the Union Navy at New York, New York. His highest rank was Coxswain. He was awarded the CMOH as an Ordinary Seaman on General Order Number 11, dated April 3, 1863. His citation reads "Cotton served on board the USS Baron De Kalb in the Yazoo River (Mississippi) expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the Baron De Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R.J. Locklan, Golden Age, and the Scotland, sunk on a bar where they were ordered to be burned. Continuing up the river, the Baron De Kalb was fired upon but, upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured large quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, Cotton, as Coxswain, "distinguished himself in the various actions." (bio by: Don Morfe) 
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Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Oct 25, 2004
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- CindyS
 Added: Feb. 24, 2014

- Rubbings
 Added: Sep. 12, 2012
Thank you for your service to our country,because of you,and men like you,WE,The People of The United States of America today live in FREEDOM !! Rest in peace.
 Added: Aug. 5, 2010
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