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George H. Harrison
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Born: April 9, 1842(1842-04-09)
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Died: January 18, 1919 (aged 76)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Seaman
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Unit: USS Kearsarge
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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George H. Harrison (April 9, 1842 – January 18, 1919) was an American sailor who was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in action during the American Civil War.


Harrison was born April 9, 1842 in Massachusetts. On June 19, 1864 he was serving as a Seaman on the sloop of war USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry under fire while crewing the ship's 11 inch pivot gun.

He died on January 18, 1919 and was buried in Forestdale Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Massachusetts. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No. 45, December 31, 1864.


Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as sponger and loader of the 11-inch pivot gun during the bitter engagement, Harrison exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.

See also[]

  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L


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