Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1832, Ireland. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: As seaman on board
the U.S.S. Calena in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving
gallantly during this fierce battle which resulted in the capture of the
rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan. Gardner behaved with
conspicuous coolness under the fire of the enemy.
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)