of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Contraband, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At:
Virginia. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864. Accredited to: Virginia.
On board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December
1863, in an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Serving the rifle gun, Blake, an
escaped slave, carried out his duties bravely throughout the engagement which resulted in
the enemy's abandonment of positions, leaving a caisson and one gun behind.
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