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Robert Emil Sommers

  • Birth 17 Dec 1837 Magdeburg, Magdeburger Stadtkreis, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
  • Death 1 Dec 1919 Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 6837894

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Union Navy during the Civil War as a Chief Quartermaster on board the "USS Ticonderoga". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the January 13 to 15th Union Amry-Navy assualt and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. His citation reads "The ship took position in the line of battle and maintained a well-directed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phase of the engagement. Although several of the enemy's shots fell over and around the vessel, the Ticonderoga fought her guns gallantly throughout 3 consecutive days of battle until the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels". His Medal was awarded to him on June 22, 1865. He was one of nine USS Ticonderoga crewmembers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the Civil War (the others being Marine Sergeant Richard Binder, Quartermaster Edward R. Bowman, Boatswain’s Mate William Campbell, Marine Sergeant Isaac N. Fry, Coxswain Thomas Jones, Captain of the Main Top George Prance, Coxswain William Shipman, and Captain of the Forecastle William G. Taylor).

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Emil Sommers (17 Dec 1837–1 Dec 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6837894, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .