About John Sullivan
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Seaman John Sullivan, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as Seaman on board the U.S.S. Monticello during the reconnaissance of the harbor and water defenses of Wilmington, North Carolina 23 to 25 June 1864. Taking part in a reconnaissance of enemy defenses which covered a period of two days and nights, Seaman Sullivan courageously carried out his duties during this action, which resulted in the capture of a mail carrier and mail, the cutting of a telegraph wire, and the capture of a large group of prisoners. Although in immediate danger from the enemy at all times, Seaman Sullivan showed gallantry and coolness throughout this action which resulted in the gaining of much vital information of the rebel defenses.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 45 (December 31, 1864)
Action Date: June 23 - 25, 1864
Division: U.S.S. Monticello