Gunboats in The Battle of Nashville
December 6, 1864 aboard the U.S.S. Neosho, Quartermaster John Ditzenback, and Pilot John H. Ferrell received the Medal of Honor for retrieving the United States flag which had been shot away. Under heavy enemy fire, they left the safety of the armored pilot-house, and tied it to the main signal staff. This drawing was featured in Harpers Weekly.
Kelley’s Point Battlefield Park is dedicated to this operation. See it in 360 panorama here.
Gunboats engaged at Nashville:
U.S. Navy Tenth District
LCDR Le Roy Fitch Commanding Officer
The U.S.S. Carondelet – Acting Master Charles W. Miller
The U.S.S. Neosho – Lieutenant Samuel Howard
The U.S.S. Fairplay – Acting Master George J. Groves
The U.S.S. Silverlake – Acting Master Joseph C. Coyle
The U.S.S. Reindeer – Lieutenant Henry A. Glassford
The U.S.S. Moose – Lieutenant Commander LeRoy Fitch
The U.S.S. Brilliant – Lieutenant Charles Perking, Acting Master John H. Rice
The U.S.S. Springfield – Acting Master Edmond Morgan