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Thomas Jones
Civil War era Navy Medal of Honor
Born 1820
Died December 11, 1892 (aged 71–72)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Place of burial Annapolis National Cemetery
Service/branch US Navy
Years of service 1846 - 1885
Rank Coxswain
Unit USS Ticonderoga (1862)
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Jones (1820 – December 11, 1892) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865.

Military serviceEdit

Jones enlisted in the Navy from Maryland in 1846 and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1862). He retired in August 1885.[1]

On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Coxswain Thomas Jones, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA during attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13 to 15 January 1865. Despite heavy return fire by the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle which killed eight men and wounded 12 more, Coxswain Jones, as Captain of a gun, performed his duties with skill and courage during the first two days of battle. As his ship again took position on the line on the 13th, he remained steadfast as the TICONDEROGA maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries on shore, and thereafter, as she materially lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one side of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)

Action Date: January 15, 1865

Service: Navy

Rank: Coxswain

Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga

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