Thomas English was born in 1819 in New York, New York. He enlisted from that state and served as a Signal Quartermaster on board USS New Ironsides during the American Civil War. He participated with that ship in the attacks on Fort Fisher during 24-25 December 1864 and 13-15 January 1865. His conduct, while New Ironsides vigorously shelled Fort Fisher, facilitated the land assault and subsequent capture of the position. For his performance on that occasion, English was awarded the Medal of Honor.
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U.S. Navy Medal of Honor
Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Signal Quartermaster Thomas English, USN, who served in USS New Ironsides during the assaults on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 24-25 December 1864 and 13-15 January 1865.
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Medal of Honor citation of Thomas English, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 24):
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