of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1831,
Providence, R.I. Accredited To: Rhode Island. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December
As second captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks
against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Wounded when an enemy shell struck, Edwards refused to go below for aid and, as heavy
return fire continued to strike his vessel, took the place of the first captain and
carried out his duties during the prolonged action which resulted in the capture of the
prize ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
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