|Charles A. Read|
|Place of birth||Sweden|
United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Read was born in Sweden in 1837. On June 19, 1864 he was serving as a Coxswain on the sloop of war USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry under fire exhibited while crewing the ship's pivot gun.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, Sweden Accredited to: Ohio. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.
Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864. Acting as the first sponger of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Read exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "Charles A. Read". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12931846. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
- ""CHARLES A. READ" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Civil War (M-Z). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved 2007-12-27.