Robert Sommers
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Born: December 17, 1837(1837-12-17)
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Died: December 1, 1919 (aged 81)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Chief Quartermaster
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Unit: USS Ticonderoga
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Battles: American Civil War
 • Second Battle of Fort Fisher
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Robert Sommers (December 17, 1837 – December 1, 1919) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865.

Military service[edit | edit source]

Sommers volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga. His enlistment is credited to the state of New York.

On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Chief Quartermaster Robert Sommers, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA in the attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 13 to 15 January 1865. The ship took position in the line of battle and maintained a well-directed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phase of the engagement. Although several of the enemy's shots fell over and around the vessel, the TICONDEROGA fought her guns gallantly throughout three consecutive days of battle until the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)

Action Date: January 15, 1865

Service: Navy

Rank: Chief Quartermaster

Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga

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