This brought me to sharing more of the story appearing in past blogs about the famous 8-9 March 1862 battle of the CSS Virginia (aka Merrimack) and the USS Monitor at Hampton Roads.
Last week I briefly mentioned that over the years I had found numerous connections with Canadian sailors and even one soldier in this battle. Some were mentioned including the fact that two of the Canadians would later in the war be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions elsewhere.
Many of the current books, websites and more will tell you that Montreal born sailor James McIntosh earned his Medal of Honor during the battle on Mobile Bay. Often referred to as the Fort Morgan battle, it was fought on 4 August 1864.
At page 458, note very carefully the 2nd line wherein the Captain states that the recommendations are not only for the battle at Fort Morgan but also..."in conflict with the rebels previously..."
While this does not make the sailor a double recipient it sure seems to make him an awardee for two different battles.
And to each, a moment to reflect is in order.
It was 154 yrs ago Friday March 25th, that youthful Jacob Parrott, shown above, the youngest of the six escaping members of Andrews Raiders, would be presented with a Medal of Honor by the Secretary of War. The other five would then also be so honoured and all would then be off for about a 15 minute meeting with President Abraham Lincoln. (A past blog in this space tells how I had shaken President Lincoln's hand... sort of. About 5 times removed I believe.)
I was most proud and humbled to have the opportunity of interviewing a direct relative of Jacob a few years back and some of that interview was noted in this space previously.
Whilst Jacob was the first to be presented with the medal, a few others earned theirs, before the Raiders. The very first by date of action, was Doctor Bernard JD Irwin, an Irishman, who spent his last days of life in Ontario.
Back next Sunday...