b. 1812 Cape May County, New Jersey. d. 12/09/1872 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 07/11/1861 Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War in the Union Navy as a Signal Quartermaster on board the USS Mohican. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during action of the main squadron of ships against heavily defended Forts Beauregard and Walker on Hilton Head, South Carolina on November 7, 1861. His Medal, one of the first for a Union Naval Officer, was issued on July 10, 1863.
Serving as signal quartermaster, Thompson steadfastly steered the ship with a steady and bold heart under the batteries; was wounded by a piece of shell but remained at his station until he fell from loss of blood. Legs since amputated.
BURIAL LOCATION: MOUNT MORIAH CEMETERY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
Section 2, Row 14, Grave 12
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