USS Kearsarge's 1864 victory over the Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama is one of the seminal victories of the United States Navy.  Seaman Joachim Pease, an African American sailor native to the Cape Verde Islands, served as the loader for one of Kearsarge's main guns during the combat.   Pease's superior officer praised him for remaining calm and disciplined during the entire battle.  The Navy awarded Pease the Medal of Honor for his actions.   Curator Gordon Calhoun will discuss what is known about Pease, his role in the Kearsarge-Alabama battle, and his Medal of Honor that is currently on display at the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, D.C.

Gordon Calhoun is a senior curator and historian with the National Museum of the United States Navy.  He works with all aspects of U.S. Navy history but specializes in 19th-century history. 

This is a pre-recorded program on the NMUSN Facebook page.   If anyone has any problems accessing the museum's Facebook page, or if you have a question for the speaker, please send an email to david.barker@navy.mil

If you have a question for the speaker, please send an email to  gordon.b.calhoun@navy.mil

 

   

Medal of Honor, Seaman Joachim Pease

Accession# NHHC 1957-02-AO

Location:  Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

Date  1864-06-09

Size: 2 x 2

Medium  Bronze