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Benjamin Swearer
[[Image:Seaman Benjamin Swearer|center|200px|border]]Seaman Benjamin Swearer
Personal Information
Born: May 18, 1825(1825-05-18)
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Died: unknown
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Other Information
Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
Union Navy
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Rank: Seaman
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Unit: USS Pawnee
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Benjamin Swearer (born May 18, 1825, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War.

While serving as a Seaman aboard the steam sloop-of-war USS Pawnee on August 29, 1861, Swearer took part in the capture of Fort Clark at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. For his service during this action, known as the Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries, Swearer was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 3, 1863.

The date a place of Benjamin Swearer death and burial are unknown.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and Organization:

Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1825, Baltimore, Md. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 11, April 3, 1863.


Embarked in a surfboat from the U.S.S. Pawnee during action against Fort Clark, off Baltimore Inlet, August 29, 1861. Taking part in a mission to land troops and to remain inshore and provide protection, Swearer rendered gallant service throughout the action and had the honor of being the first man to raise the flag on the captured fort.[2][3]

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  1. Benjamin Swearer at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2007-11-08
  2. ""Civil War Medal of Honor citations" (S-Z): Swearer, Benjamin". Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  3. ""Medal of Honor website" (M-Z): Swearer, Benjamin". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2007-11-09.