Rank and organization:   Pilot, U.S. Navy.
Entered service at:   Louisiana.
Born: 18 May 1814, Germany. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
pilot of the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan,
rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With
his ship under terrific enemy shellfire, Freeman calmly remained at his
station in the maintop and skillfully piloted the ships into the bay. He
rendered gallant service throughout the prolonged battle in which the rebel
gunboats were captured or driven off, the prize ram Tennessee forced to
surrender, and the fort successfully attacked.
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)