Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Portsmouth,
Va. Accredited to: Virginia. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Calena during the attack on enemy forts at Mobile Bay, 5 August
1864. Securely lashed to the side of the Oneida which had suffered the
loss of her steering apparatus and an explosion of her boiler from enemy
fire, the Calena aided the stricken vessel past the enemy forts to safety.
Despite heavy damage to his ship from raking enemy fire, Jordan performed
his duties with skill and courage throughout the action.
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)