Seaman, United States Navy
on October 9, 1844, he earned the during
the Civil War while serving aboard the USS Hartford at Mobile Bay on August
He died on February 12, 1917 and was buried in Section 13 of Arlington National Cemetery.
His wife, Mary Diggins, lies with him.
Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Baltimore, Maryland. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O.. No.: 391, 12 November 1891.
On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Diggins, as loader of a gun, remained steadfast at his post throughout the furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
DIGGINS, MARY W/O BARTHOLOMEW
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Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004