Benjamin Swearer was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1825 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. While serving in the crew of the steam sloop of war Pawnee on 29 August 1861, he took part in the capture of Fort Clark, at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. For his "gallant service" during this action, Seaman Swearer was awarded the Medal of Honor.
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Benjamin Swearer, former Seaman, USN
Halftone image published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 7, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907.
Seaman Swearer was awarded the Medal of Honor for "gallant service" during the capture of Fort Clark, North Carolina, on 29 August 1861. He was a member of USS Pawnee's crew at that time.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Medal of Honor citation of Seaman Benjamin Swearer (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 51):
"Embarked in a surfboat from the U.S.S. Pawnee during action against Fort Clark, off Baltimore Inlet, 29 August 1861. Taking part in a mission to land troops and to remain inshore and provide protection, SWEARER rendered gallant service throughout the action and had the honor of being the first man to raise the flag on the captured fort."
Page made 8 November 2003