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James Martin, II

  • Birth 1826 County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Death 29 Oct 1895 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Section 2, Row 24, Grave 19
  • Memorial ID 21893

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps on board the USS Richmond. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Mobile Bay, Alabama on August 5, 1864. His citation reads "As captain of a gun during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Sgt. Martin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan". His Medal was issued on December 31, 1864. He was one of 31 “Richmond” crewmembers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the Civil War (the others being Yeoman Thomas Atkinson, Quartermaster John Brazell, Captain of the Top Robert Brown, Master-At-Arms William M. Carr, Coxswain James B. Chandler, Quartermaster Thomas Cripps, Chief Quartermaster Cornelius Cronin, Boatswain’s Mate Charles Deakin, Chief Boatswain’s Mate William Densmore, Coal Heaver William Doolen, Boatswain’s Mate Adam Duncan, Coxswain Hugh Hamilton, Coxswain Thomas Hayes, Fireman Second Class John Hickman, Captain of the Top John H. James, Fireman First Class Matthew McClelland, Captain of the Top James McIntosh, Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Miller, Captain of the Top James H. Morgan, Captain of the Forecastle George Parks, Fireman First Class John Rush, Seaman Hendrick Sharp, Coxswain Lebbeus Simkins, Second Captain of the Top John Smith, Coxswain Oloff Smith, Ordinary Seaman Walter B. Smith, Marine Corps Orderly Sergeant David Sprowle, Coxswain Alexander H. Truett, Fireman First Class Joseph E. Vantine and Quartermaster William Wells).

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  • Added: 24 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21893
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Martin, II (1826–29 Oct 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21893, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .