Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1839, New York, N.Y.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
as seaman on board the U.S.S. Monticello during the reconnaissance of the
harbor and water defenses of Wilmington, N.C. 23 to 25 June 1864. Taking
part in a reconnaissance of enemy defenses which covered a period of 2
days and nights, Sullivan courageously carried out his duties during this
action, which resulted in the capture of a mail carrier and mail, the cutting
of a telegraph wire, and the capture of a large group of prisoners. Although
in immediate danger from the enemy at all times, Sullivan showed gallantry
and coolness throughout this action which resulted in the gaining of much
vital information of the rebel defenses.
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)