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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 1826 London, England. d. 02/08/1907 ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/12/1864 to 22/02/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.

 

Born in 1826 in London, Erickson immigrated to the U.S. and was living in Brooklyn when he joined the Navy. He served as a captain of the forecastle on the USS Pontoosuc in the Wilmington Campaign, from the First Battle of Fort Fisher on December 24, 1864, through the campaign's end on February 22, 1865. He was severely wounded and received treatment at a hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. For his actions during the campaign, he was awarded the Medal of Honor months later on June 22, 1865.

 

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Served on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, 24 December 1864, to 22 February 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully throughout this period, Erickson was so severely wounded in the assault upon Fort Fisher that he was sent to the hospital at Portsmouth, Va. Erickson was recommended for his gallantry, skill, and coolness in action while under the fire of the enemy.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: GREENWOOD CEMETERY, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.

Section 15/16, Lot 17263

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John P Erickson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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