Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840 Cambridge,
N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No. 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: As seaman
on board the U.S.S. Magnolia, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March 1865. Serving
with the Army in charge of Navy howitzers during the attack on St. Marks
and throughout this fierce engagement, Read made remarkable efforts in
assisting transport of the gun, and his coolness and determination in courageously
standing by his gun while under the fire of the enemy were a credit to
the service to which he belonged.
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)