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James S. Roantree
Born 1835
Died 1873 (aged 37–38)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Place of burial New Calvary Cemetery Mattapan, Massachusetts
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank Confederate States of America Sergeant-Artillery Sergeant
Unit USS Oneida (1861)
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

James S. Roantree (1835–February 24, 1873) was a sergeant serving in the United States Marine Corps during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

BiographyEdit

Roantree was born in 1835 in Dublin, Ireland, and after immigrating to the United States he entering the Marine Corps from Brooklyn, New York, January 15, 1858. He was a sergeant assigned to the marine detachment aboard the USS Oneida (1861) when it was sent to fight in the American Civil War during the Battle of Mobile Bay.[1][2]

He died February 24, 1873, and was buried in New Calvary Cemetery Mattapan, Massachusetts.[3] His grave can be found in section 10E, row 5, grave 5.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1835, Dublin, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.

Citation:

On board the U.S.S. Oneida during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks and penetrated her boilers, Sgt. Roantree performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Civil War (M-Z); Roantree, James S. entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/warspain.html. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  2. Schuon, Karl (1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary. New York: Franklin Watts. p. 182. http://books.google.com/books?id=WMY6AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA182. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Don Morfe (December 21, 2003). "James S. Roantree". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8198647. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 

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