CDV OF DOUBLE AMPUTEE UNION SAILOR & MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT RICHARD N. DUNPHY

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Seated studio view of Richard D. Dunphy in navy uniform with both sleeves pinned up. Image is clear with very good contrast. Printed on bottom of mount: "Richard D. Dunphy, Of Admirals Farragut's Flag Ship, HARTFORD, lost his arms by a shell, from the Rebel Ram TENNESSEE, in Mobile Bay, Aug'st. 5th, 1864." No photographer's backmark.

Richard D. Dunphy (December 12, 1841 – November 23, 1904) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Born on December 12, 1841, in Ireland, Dunphy immigrated to the United States and was living in New York City when he joined the U.S. Navy on December 17, 1863. He served during the Civil War as a coal heaver on Admiral David Farragut's flagship, the USS Hartford. He was severely wounded by fragments of an artillery shell fired by the Confederate ironclad CSS Tennessee, losing both of his arms above the elbow. For his actions during the battle, he was approved for the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.

Dunphy's official Medal of Honor citation: "On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under terrific enemy shellfire, Dunphy performed his duties with skill and courage throughout this fierce engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee."

After his injury, Dunphy left the Navy and hired an aide to accompany him throughout the day and assist with such tasks as feeding himself. In 1866, he wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles explaining that he had never received his medal. He eventually moved to Wisconsin, married, and raised a family. The Wisconsin Legislature approved an extra pension for Dunphy in 1868 to help him support his family. Dunphy died on November 23, 1904, in San Francisco, California at age 62 and was buried in Saint Vincent's Cemetery, Vallejo, California.  [JET] [ph:L]

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