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Samuel W. Kinnaird
Bataille de la baie de Mobile par Louis Prang (1824-1909).jpg
The Battle of Mobile Bay
Born (1840-05-02)May 2, 1840
New York City
Died April 20, 1923(1923-04-20) (aged 82)
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Landsman
Unit USS Lackawanna
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards Medal of Honor

Samuel W. Kinnaird (May 2, 1840 – April 20, 1923) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War. He was a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He got it for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Kinnaird's Background

He was born on May 2, 1840, in New York City. Kinnaird was still living in the state of New York when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a landsman on the USS Lackawanna. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, Lackawanna engaged the CSS Tennessee. They fought at close range and Kinnaird displayed "presence of mind and cheerfulness" which helped maintain his shipmates' morale. For this action, he was presented the Medal of Honor four months later on December 31, 1864.

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