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 John F. Bickford

John F. Bickford

Birth
Tremont, Hancock County, Maine, USA
Death 28 Apr 1927 (aged 84)
Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 19621 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Union Navy as a Captain of the Top on board the sloop-of-war “USS Kearsarge”. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in action when the “Kearsarge” fought and destroyed the Confederate Navy commerce raider “CSS Alabama” off Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. His citation reads "Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer." His Medal was awarded to him on December 31, 1864. He was one of seventeen “Kearsarge” crewmen to be awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the battle, including Paymaster’s Steward Michael Ahern, Boatswain's Mate William S. Bond, Captain of the Forecastle James Haley, Carpenter’s Mate Mark G. Ham, Seaman George H. Harrison, Coxswain John Hayes, Seaman James H. Lee, Seaman Charles Moore, Seaman Joachim Pease, Boatswain’s Mate Thomas Perry, Quartermaster William B. Poole, Coxswain Charles A. Read, Seaman George E. Read, Chief Quartermaster James Saunders, Quartermaster William Smith and Captain of the Top Robert Strahan.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 19 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19621
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John F. Bickford (12 Mar 1843–28 Apr 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19621, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .