The Patriot Files Forums  

Go Back   The Patriot Files Forums > Conflict posts > Civil War

Post New Thread  Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-30-2019, 07:44 AM
Boats's Avatar
Boats Boats is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 15,607
Arrow Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Seaman Lewis Horton

Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Seaman Lewis Horton
By: KATIE LANGE , DOD NEWS - 12-30-19
RE: https://www.defense.gov/explore/stor...-lewis-horton/

As we head into the new year, we would be remiss to not highlight one of the first-ever service members to earn the Medal of Honor as a noncombatant. Navy Seaman Lewis Horton served during the Civil War, and his time in the military included being a prisoner of war, a double amputee and a courageous lifesaver.

Horton was born May 26, 1842, in Bristol, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1861 when he was 19.

1st Photo link: https://media.defense.gov/2019/Dec/2...ZZ999-384C.JPG
USS Rhode Island anchored off Newport, RI, in August 1866.

That summer, during the early days of the war, Horton was captured while serving on the USS Massachusetts and taken to a Confederate prison in Richmond, Virginia. He was paroled and discharged in March 1862 and almost immediately reenlisted.

His new duty station was the USS Rhode Island, and that's where he was serving when he earned the Medal of Honor. On Dec. 30, 1862, the Rhode Island was towing the ironclad warship USS Monitor as a terrible storm began, causing the Monitor to spring a leak and start to sink.

2nd photo link: https://media.defense.gov/2019/Dec/2...ZZ999-476C.JPG
An 1863 depiction of the wreck of the USS Monitor as it sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Dec. 30, 1862.

According to the Gettysburg Compiler, a publication by students and staff of the Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College, Horton and six other seamen volunteered to take a rowboat out on a rescue mission to save the Monitor's men. The rescuers made two successful trips before returning for a third to discover that the Monitor had completely sunk. They were able to save all but 16 men.

When the rescuers turned back, they were about 2 miles from the Rhode Island. But thanks to the rain and fog, they lost sight of the ship.

According to the Gettysburg Compiler, ''The men chose to row northwest in hopes of coming across another vessel patrolling the coast and continued to row all night long to keep them out of the strong northeast current that threatened to send them deep into the Atlantic Ocean.''

3rd photo link: https://media.defense.gov/2019/Dec/2...-ZZ999-793.JPG
Navy sailors relax on the deck of the ironclad warship USS Monitor off Cape Hatteras, N.C. The photo was taken before the Monitor’s ill-fated wreck on Dec. 30, 1862.

The men had no food or water and very little to keep themselves warm in the cold, wet winter weather. After 18 hours, they were finally rescued about 50 miles from where the Monitor sank.

All seven men survived and were able to rejoin the Rhode Island's crew by mid-January. Horton and the six other men -- Luke Griswold, John Jones, Hugh Logan, George Moore, Charles H. Smith and Maurice Wagg – were the first noncombatants to receive the Medal of Honor.

Less than a year after the Monitor's sinking, on Nov. 3, 1863, Horton had both of his arms blown off at the elbow in a gun-loading accident, according to the Compiler. What remained of his arms had to be amputated immediately.

4th photo link: https://media.defense.gov/2019/Dec/2...ZZ999-905C.JPG
The backside of a Medal of Honor similar to the one given to Navy Seaman Lewis Horton after he helped save the men of the USS Monitor as it sank in rough seas, Dec. 30, 1862.

Horton wasn't expected to survive the accident, but he did, and he went on to live a pretty full life. He got married, raised a family and even learned to race a yacht again, despite the loss of his arms. According to the Compiler, Horton was working at a Boston customs house for official government duties in 1893 when he learned he had earned the Medal – even though the citation was issued in 1865.

''After being told by his local newspaperman that a Washington dispatch had been published looking for a Lewis Horton to accept his Medal of Honor, Horton seems to have replied in genuine shock,'' wrote Compiler researcher Sarah Johnson. ''Encouraged by the newspaperman to write to Washington and inquire, Horton replied that if the government wanted to send him a medal he figured they would find him. He received the medal shortly after and commented that he was glad to have it after so long a time period.''

Horton lived for another two decades. He died when he was 74 on June 8, 1916.

What a remarkable life!

Note: This article is part of a weekly series called "Medal of Honor Monday," in which we highlight one of the more than 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the U.S. military's highest medal for valor.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Note: Military medals are given to those who've gone beyond the call of duty and therefore earned them. They "are not" given out to mercenaries.

Boats
__________________
Boats

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

"IN GOD WE TRUST"
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.