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Nicholas Lear

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Civil war in the Union Navy as a Quartermaster on board the "USS New Ironsides". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina on December 24 and 25, 1864, January 13, 14, and 15 1865. His citation reads "Bravery while his ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close inshore and immediately opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well-directed fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during the first 2 days of fighting. Taken under fire as she steamed into position on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition at night despite severe weather conditions. When the enemy came out of his bombproofs to defend the fort against the storming party, the ship's battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the cease-fire order was given by the flagship". His Medal was issued on June 22, 1865.

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  • Added: 24 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21891
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nicholas Lear (1826–4 Jul 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21891, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .