Bernard Harley

Bernard Harley

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 15 Jan 1886 (aged 43–44)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot St James Section, Range M, Plot 21
Memorial ID 8204473 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a prisoner of war. He served as an Ordinary Seaman in the Union Navy. He was awarded the CMOH for action off Plymouth, North Carolina. His citation reads "Harley served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy picket within 20 yards without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam, Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost."

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 24 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8204473
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bernard Harley (1842–15 Jan 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8204473, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .