Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1825, Baltimore, Md.
Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
in a surfboat from the U.S.S. Pawnee during action against Fort Clark,
off Baltimore Inlet, 29 August 1861. Taking part in a mission to land troops
and to remain inshore and provide protection, Swearer rendered gallant
service throughout the action and had the honor of being the first man
to raise the flag on the captured fort.
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)