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Robert Sommers (Medal of Honor)

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Robert Sommers
Born(1837-12-17)December 17, 1837
DiedDecember 1, 1919(1919-12-01) (aged 81)
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Union Navy
RankChief Quartermaster
UnitUSS Ticonderoga (1862)
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
 • Second Battle of Fort Fisher
AwardsMedal of Honor

Robert Emil 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

Sommers volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1862). 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

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

See also


  • "Robert Sommers". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  • "Robert Sommers". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved October 5, 2010.

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