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Barnett Kenna
Born 1827
Died May 28, 1890 (aged 62–63)
Place of birth Canterbury, England
Place of burial Cherry Hill Cemetery, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Quartermaster
Unit USS Brooklyn
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards Medal of Honor

Barnett Kenna (1827 – May 28, 1890) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Born in 1827 in Canterbury, England, Kenna immigrated to the United States and was living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served during the Civil War as a quartermaster on the USS Brooklyn. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he "fought his gun with skill and courage" despite heavy fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.[1][2]

Kenna's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern Kenna fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious action which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.[2]

Kenna died on May 28, 1890, at age 62 or 63 and was buried at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Gloucester, Massachusetts.[1][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Barnett Kenna". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A–L)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. Gaines, Nancy (July 3, 2011). "'Mustering' for the Civil War, 150 years ago". Gloucester, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. 

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