of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
THOMPSON, HENRY A.
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1841, England. Accredited
To: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing
on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Private Thompson advanced partly
through a breach in the palisades and nearer to the fort than any man from his ship
despite enemy fire which killed or wounded many officers and men. When more than
two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with
the party until dark, when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its
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