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John H. Ferrell

Born: Apr 15, 1829

Death: Apr 17, 1900

Birthplace: Bedford County

Nationality: United States

John H. Ferrell

Date of Birth : Apr 15, 1829
Date of Death : Apr 17, 1900
Birth Place : Bedford County

John H. Ferrell was a civilian employee of the Union Navy during the American Civil War and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He is one of only a handful of civilians to have received the medal. Born on April 15, 1829, in Bedford County, Tennessee, Ferrell was living in Illinois when he was hired by the Navy as a pilot. By December 6, 1864, he was serving in the Cumberland River aboard the USS Neosho. On that day, during an engagement with Confederates at Bells Mills near Nashville, Tennessee, he and Quartermaster John Ditzenbach braved heavy fire to re-raise Neosho's flag after it was shot down. For this action, both he and Ditzenbach were awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on June 22, 1865. Ferrell's official Medal of Honor citation reads: Served on board the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864.

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