Cabin Boy, U.S. Navy. Awarded for actions on board the USS Mississippi off the coast of New Orleans.
April 24, 1862
Born in Ireland in 1832, Brennan joined the US Navy from Boston, Massachusetts in May 1861. He first served on the USS Colorado but joined the USS MIssissippi, where he manned one of the guns. According to his commanding officer, Brennan was “was the life and soul of the gun’s crew.”
Citation: On board the USS Mississippi during attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip and during the taking of New Orleans, 24-25 April 1862. Taking part in the actions which resulted in the damaging of the Mississippi and several casualties on it, Brennan showed skill and courage throughout the entire engagements which resulted in the taking of St. Philip and Jackson and in the surrender of New Orleans.