US MOH Ferrell, John H.


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BioJohn Ferrell was one of two civilian pilots employed by the U.S. Navy that was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Civil War and is one of only eight civilian recipients of the award.
CitationThe President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Mr. John H. Ferrell, a United States Civilian, for extraordinary heroism in action on board the U.S. Monitor NEOSHO during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tennessee, 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Civilian Pilot John Ferrell gallantly left the pilothouse after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, make it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy.
AuthorityWar Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)
Award Action DateDecember 6, 1864
CompanyCivilian Pilot (Attached to the U.S. Navy)
DivisionU.S. Monitor Neosho
Battle-IncidentBells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, TN
Date of BirthApril 15, 1829
Where BornBedford County, Tennessee
Date of DeathApril 17, 1900
CemeteryPrice Cemetery
Where BuriedElizabethtown, Illinois