Rank and organization: Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Pennsylvania.
Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864
board the U.S.S. Wyalusing, Crawford volunteered 25 May 1864, in a night
attempt to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in the Roanoke River. Taking
part in a plan to explode the rebel ram Albemarle, Crawford executed his
part in the plan with perfection, but upon being discovered, was forced
to abandon the plan and retire leaving no trace of the evidence. After
spending two hazardous days and nights without food, he gained the safety
of a friendly ship and was then transferred back to the Wyalusing. Though
the plan failed his skill and courage in preventing detection were an example
of unfailing devotion to duty.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)