ATKINSON, THOMAS E.
Rank and Organization: Yeoman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1824, Salem, Mass.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Richmond, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864; commended for coolness and
energy in supplying the rifle ammunition, which was under his sole charge, in the action
in Mobile Bay on the morning of 5 August 1964. He was a petty officer on board the U.S.
Frigate Congress in 1842-46; was present and assisted in capturing the whole of the Buenos
Ayrean fleet by that vessel off Montevideo; joined the Richmond in September 1860; was in
the action with Fort McRea, the Head of the Passes of the Mississippi, Forts Jackson and
St. Philip, the Chalmettes, the rebel ironclads and gunboats below New Orleans, Vicksburg,
Port Hudson, and at the surrender of New Orleans.