Daniel Dickinson Stevens
Quartermaster on the USS Canonicus, U.S. Navy. For actions at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, NC.
January 13, 1865
Acredited to Massachusetts, Stevens was born December 19, 1839, in Sagnange, TN, near LaGrange.
January 13–15, 1865, Stevens was serving as a quartermaster on the USS Canonicus when the ship took part in the bombardment of Fort Fisher, NC, sometimes called the "Gilbralter of the South." This Second Battle of Fort Fisher was a joint effort by Union Navy and Army forces against the Confederacy's last major coastal stronghold. For his conduct during this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Before leaving the Navy, Stevens reached the rank of Chief Quartermaster. He died November 7, 1916, in Danvers, MA, and was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Canonicus during attacks on Fort Fisher, on 13 January 1865. As the Canonicus moved into position at 700 yards from shore, the enemy troops soon obtained her range and opened with heavy artillery fire, subjecting her to several hits and near misses until late in the afternoon when the heavier ships coming into line drove them into their bombproofs. Twice during the battle, in which his ship sustained 36 hits, the flag was shot away and gallantly replaced by Stevens.