b. 01/12/1840 Cattaraugus County, New York. d. 01/11/1880 New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Oviatt was born December 1, 1840 in Cattaraugus County, New York and on August 19, 1862 he joined the Marine Corps from Brooklyn, New York. He was assigned to the marine contingent aboard the USS Brooklyn (1858) during the American Civil War. The USS Brooklyn was sent into action against rebel forts and gunboats including the Confederate ram Tennessee in the Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864.. During the battle several men aboard ship were killed and the ship sustained heavy damage from enemy fire. Oviatt continued to fire his gun throughout the two-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the Tennessee. For his actions during the battle Oviatt received the Medal of Honor December 31, 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked the deck, Cpl. Oviatt fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee.
BURIAL LOCATION: PLEASANT VALLEY CEMETERY, OLEAN, NEW YORK.
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