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b. 1835 Whitefield, Maine. d. ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 25/12/1863 Stono River, South Carolina.

 

Born in 1835 in Whitefield, Maine, Farley joined the Navy from Boston, Massachusetts in December 1860.  He served during the Civil War as a boatswain's mate on the USS Marblehead. While on the Stono River on December 25, 1863, Marblehead came under fire from Confederate forces at Legareville on Johns Island. Farley "animated his men and kept up a rapid and effective fire on the enemy throughout the engagement". The Confederates eventually abandoned their position, leaving a caisson and gun behind. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later on April 16, 1864.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Served on board the U.S.S. Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December 1863, during an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Behaving in a gallant manner, Farley animated his men and kept up a rapid and effective fire on the enemy throughout the engagement which resulted in the enemy's abandonment of his positions, leaving a caisson and 1 gun behind.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

 

 

William Farley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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