Thomas W. Hamilton (Medal of Honor)

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Thomas W. Hamilton
Born1833
Scotland
DiedApril 7, 1869
Buried
Body buried at Sea
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchNavy
RankQuartermaster
AwardsMedal of Honor
Other workMerchant Marine

Thomas W. Hamilton (1833–1869) was born in 1833 in Scotland, but later moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts. [1] 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 Cincinnati. [2] During the attack on the Vicksburg batteries, May 27, 1863, Hamilton, though severely wounded, returned to his post and had to be sent below. [3]

Scotland Country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Weymouth, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Weymouth is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, one of 13 Massachusetts municipalities with city forms of government while retaining "town of" in their official names. It is named after Weymouth, Dorset, a coastal town in England, and is the second-oldest settlement in Massachusetts. It is one of the South Shore's more affordable towns and offers a short commute into Boston, MBTA bus and rail service, and a town beach.

American Civil War Civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865

The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865, between the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy). The most studied and written about episode in U.S. history, the Civil War began primarily as a result of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people. War broke out in April 1861 when secessionist forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina shortly after Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The loyalists of the Union in the North, which also included some geographically western and southern states, proclaimed support for the Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States in the South, who advocated for states' rights to uphold slavery.

After serving in the military, Hamilton served in the merchant marine. On April 7, 1869, he died of consumption while serving aboard a merchant vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, and was buried at sea. [4]

  1. "Valor awards for Thomas W. Hamilton". valor.militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  2. Personnel, United States Bureau of Naval (1910). Medal of Honor.
  3. History, U.S. Army Center of Military. "Medal of Honor Recipients – Civil War (G-L)". www.history.army.mil. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  4. "Thomas W. Hamilton (1833 – 1869) – Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2017-07-14.

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