About Joseph Ebur Vantine
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Class Fireman Joseph E. Vantine, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, Louisiana, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6-inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety-valve chamber and also damaged the port safety valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately filled with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis, First Class Fireman Vantine persisted in penetrating the steam-filled room in order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces and continued this action until the gravity of the situation had been lessened.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 17 (July 10, 1863)
Action Date: March 14, 1863
Rank: First Class Fireman
Division: U.S.S. Richmond