Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The First Marine Medal of Honor
—Richmond National Battleﬁeld Park, NPS —
When an artillery shell passed through Galena’s side, killing and disabling most [of] the crew serving a 100-pounder Parrott Rifle, Corporal John Freeman Mackie rallied his fellow Marines, shouting “Come on boys, here’s a chance for the Marines.” Mackie then led cleanup efforts under fire, removing dead and injured sailors from the deck and sweeping away the iron and wood fragments that hindered the functioning of the Parrott. With the survivors of the Marine Guard, Mackie then operated the cannon until Galena withdrew from the battle.
For his display of courage, Corporal Mackie became the first U.S. Marine to receive the Medal of Honor. The painting, Corporal John Mackie, United States Marine Corps. by Col. Charles Waterhouse, USMCR, depicts Mackie at the ports of Galena, firing on the Confederate rifle pits.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 25.353′ N, 77° 25.362′ W. Marker was in Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker could be reached from Fort Darling Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff/Fort Darling unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker was in this post office area: Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. "A Very Neat Chapel" (within shouting distance of this marker); A Permanent Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Darling (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The USS Monitor (about 300 feet away); Drewry’s Bluff (about 300 feet away); A Perfect Gibraltar (about 300 feet away); Duty Above and Beyond (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. The right of the marker features the painting of Cpl. Mackie mentioned on the marker. The lower left of the marker contains a photograph of Mackie,
Regarding The First Marine Medal of Honor. This marker was replaced by a new one named Duty Above and Beyond (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, 15 May 1862. American Civil War website. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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