Thomas L. Harrison | Battle Of Mobile Bay Hero
Obituary Notice for Thomas L. Harrison
At Mobile, Thomas L. Harrison, the hero on the confederate side in the Battle of Mobile Bay, died Friday night, aged fifty-one years. He graduated from Annapolis, and at the age of twenty years, he entered the confederate naval service. He was ordered to Mobile in 1862 and appointed executive office for the gunboat Morgan.
In the battle in the spring of 1865, when Farragut forced an entrance into Mobile Bay, the little vessel was soon driven under the shelter of the guns of Fort Morgan, the ram
Tennessee and the gunboat Selma having been captured and the gunboat Gaines burned.
The captain of the Morgan gave orders to abandon the ship and set her on fire. Lieutenant Harrison, however, reminding the crew that this was the only free vessel in the bay and would be of incalculable value to the confederacy if saved, asked the men to volunteer to run the boat up to Mobile. Every man stepped to the starboard. Thereupon Harrison requested the captain to step below.