December 31, 1862 – This Day During The American Civil War – Maurice Wagg Medal of Honor recipient was a veteran of the American Civil War and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
On December 31, 1862, the USS Monitor floundered near Cape Hatteras. Wagg, a sailor on the USS Rhode Island helped to pull crew members of the USS Monitor into one of the Rhode Island’s lifeboats.
Coxswain Wagg’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island, which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor off Hatteras, 31 December 1862. Participating in the hazardous task of rescuing the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor, Wagg distinguished himself by meritorious conduct during this operation.