Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, Pennsylvania.
Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against
Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August
1864. Wounded in the leg and thrown violently against the side of the ship
when an enemy shell killed or wounded the 6-man crew as the shell whipped
on the berth deck, Lawson, upon regaining his composure, promptly returned
to his station and, although urged to go below for treatment, steadfastly
continued his duties throughout the remainder of 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)