b. 06/09/1843 Granby, Connecticut. d. 08/02/1865 ?
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 27/10/1864 USN Picket Boat Number One.
Denning was born in Granby, Connecticut on 6 September 1843. He enlisted into the United States Navy. Denning was taken as a Prisoner of War on the day he performed the act of gallantry that earned him the Medal of Honor. He died on 8 February 1865 in a POW camp and his remains are interred at Fairview Cemetery in New Britain, Connecticut.
Denning served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost.
BURIAL LOCATION: FAIRVIEW CEMETERY, NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT.
Actually buried in a mass grave at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina.
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