William Thompson (Medal of Honor, 1861)

William Thompson (1812 – September 12, 1872) was an American sailor who was a Signal Quartermaster in the American Civil War and recipient of the Medal of Honor for action at Forts Beauregard and Walker on Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 7, 1861. He was wounded by a piece of shell which caused his legs to be amputated.[1]

William Thompson
Civil War era Navy Medal of Honor
Cape May County, New Jersey
DiedSeptember 12, 1872
Philadelphia Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
RankSignal Quartermaster
UnitUSS Mohican
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
AwardsMedal of Honor


  1. "William Thompson". Military Times. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
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