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William D. Newland
[[Image:Ordinary Seaman William Newland|center|200px|border]]Ordinary Seaman William Newland
Personal Information
Born: January 5, 1841(1841-01-05)
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Died: 1914 (aged 72–73)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Ordinary Seaman
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Unit: USS Oneida
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards: Medal of Honor
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William D. Newland (January 5, 1841–1914) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War.


William Newland enlisted in the U.S. Navy from his birth state of Massachusetts and served as an Ordinary Seaman on the USS Oneida. His conduct as loader of Oneida's after 11-inch gun during the August 5, 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay was recognized by the award of the Medal of Honor.

William D. Newland died at about age 73 and was buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Millis, Massachusetts.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and Organization:

Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841, Medway, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Carrying out his duties as loader of the after 11-inch gun, Newland distinguished himself on board for his good conduct and faithful discharge of his station, behaving splendidly under the fire of the enemy and throughout the battle which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Template:CSS and the damaging of Fort Morgan.[1]

See also[]

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  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: M-Z


  1. "NEWLAND, WILLIAM, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient". American Civil War website. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-11-08.