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Joseph B. Hayden

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Joseph B. Hayden
St. Mary's City, Maryland
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Union Navy
UnitUnited States Navy USS Ticonderoga
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
 • Second Battle of Fort Fisher
AwardsMedal of Honor

Joseph B. Hayden (1834 – unknown) 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

Haffee enlisted in the Navy in December 1862 [1] and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1862). His enlistment is credited to the state of Maryland.

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

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Quartermaster Joseph B. Hayden, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA, as Quartermaster in charge of steering the ship into action, during attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 13 to 15 January 1865. Quartermaster Hayden steered the ship into position in the line of battle where she maintained a well-directed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phases 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: Signal Quartermaster

Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga

See also



  • Ammen, RADM USN, Daniel (1885). The Atlantic Coast. The Navy in the Civil War. II. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. OCLC 166312281.
  • Matthews, Franklin (1915). Our Navy in Time of War (1861-1915). New York, NY: D. Appleton and Company. OCLC 940844432.
  • Porter, ADM USN, David Dixon (1886). The Naval History of the Civil War. New York, NY: The Sherman Publishing Company. OCLC 280729.

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