Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, England. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: Stationed at the
wheel on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and
gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When
heavy enemy fire struck down several men at their guns and replacements
were not available, Irlam voluntarily released 2 men who were stationed
with him and carried on at the wheel with the assistance of only one of
the crew throughout the furious battle.
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)