Rank and organization: Coal Heaver, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Ireland.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: 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. Although
a patient in the sick bay, O'Connell voluntarily reported at his station
at the shell whip and continued to perform his duties with zeal and courage
until his right hand was severed by an enemy shellburst.
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)