Thomas W. Hamilton
|Died||April 7, 1869|
Body buried at Sea
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Other work||Merchant Marine|
Thomas W. Hamilton (1833–1869) was born in 1833 in Scotland, but later moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts. Cincinnati. During the attack on the Vicksburg batteries, May 27, 1863, Hamilton, though severely wounded, returned to his post and had to be sent below.Hamilton fought in the American Civil War for the Union, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while quartermaster aboard the USS
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