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Robert Teleford Clifford

Date of birth: 1835
Date of death: July 24, 1873
Burial location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Master At Arms Robert Teleford Clifford, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Shokokon at New Topsail Inlet off Wilmington, North Carolina, 22 August 1863. Participating in a strategic plan to destroy an enemy schooner, Master at Arms Clifford aided in the portage of a dinghy across the narrow neck of land separating the sea from the sound. Launching the boat in the sound, the crew approached the enemy from the rear and Clifford gallantly crept into the rebel camp and counted the men who outnumbered his party three-to-one. Returning to his men, he ordered a charge in which the enemy was routed, leaving behind a schooner and a quantity of supplies.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 45 (December 31, 1864)

Action Date: August 22, 1863

Service: Navy

Rank: Master At Arms

Division: U.S.S. Shokokon