American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award on December 31, 1864 for his actions as a landsman on the sloop-of war USS Lackawanna during the Battle of Mobile Bay off the coast of Alabama on August 5, 1864. Born in New York City, New York on May 2, 1840 he joined the Union Navy after the beginning of the American Civil War. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "Served as a landsman on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Showing a presence of mind and cheerfulness that had much to do with maintaining the crew's morale, Kinnaird served gallantly through the action which resulted in the capture of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan." He died in New York City on April 20, 1923 at the age of 82.
Bio by: William Bjornstad