Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1824, Norway.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel
gunboats and the ram, Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving as
a gun captain Phinney showed much presence of mind in managing the gun,
and gave much needed encouragement to the crew during the engagement which
resulted in the capture of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging
and destruction of Fort Morgan.
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)