b. 22/06/1838 Poughkeepsie, New York. d. 19/04/1908 Virginia.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Born on June 22, 1838, in Poughkeepsie, New York, Garrison was still living in that state when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a coal heaver on Admiral David Farragut's flagship, the USS Hartford. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he lost a toe to Confederate fire but continued his duties at the shell whip (a device used to lift ammunition up to the gun deck) until receiving a second, severe, wound. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.
On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during successful engagements against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. When a shell struck his foot and severed one of his toes, Garrison remained at his station at the shell whip and, after crudely bandaging the wound, continued to perform his duties until severely wounded by another shellburst.
BURIAL LOCATION: HAMPTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, HAMPTON, VIRGINIA.
Plot: Phoebus Section B-9523
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