Israel W. Little
Fireman, United States Navy
at Washington, D.C. on February 21, 1837, he earned
the while serving aboard the USS Richmond on March 14, 1863, during the Civil War. He was also known as "John Rush" and was known in the Navy by that name.
He died on April 29, 1916 and was laid to rest
in Section 17 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835 Washington, D.C. Accredited to: District of Columbia. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the
attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6_inch solid rifle shot
which shattered the starboard safety_valve chamber and also damaged the
port safety valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately became filled
with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously
in this crisis, Rush persisted in penetrating the steam_filled room in
order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces, and continued this action
until the gravity of the situation had been lessened.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990
Updated: 30 September 2000
Updated: 15 March 2003