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James Sullivan AKA Peter Van Hoesen-Coeymans Hollow, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 42° 28.038 W 073° 53.076
18T E 591696 N 4702264
Quick Description: Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient for action on board the USS Agawam at Fort Fisher, NC on December 23, 1864. He is buried in Coeymans Hollow Cemetery, Coeymans Hollow, NY.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2019 3:07:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM10KCY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
He served in the military as James Sullivan. He is buried as Peter Van Hoesen. He was born on January 24, 1828 in Albany County, NY and died on May 9, 1918 in South Bethlehem, NY. He also served as Company B, 18th NY Infantry and in Company H, 7th Conn Infantry. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: SULLIVAN, JAMES
• Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
• Accredited to: New York
• G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Agawam as one of a volunteer crew of a powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864. The powder boat, towed in by the Wilderness to prevent detection by the enemy, cast off and slowly steamed to within 300 yards of the beach. After fuses and fires had been lit and a second anchor with short scope let go to assure the boat's tailing inshore, the crew boarded the Wilderness and proceeded a distance of 12 miles from shore. Less than 2 hours later the explosion took place, and the following day fires were observed still burning at the forts.
Armed Service: Navy

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