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653. FIRST MARINE TO WIN M.O.H.  CAPT. JOHN F. MACKIE A rare postwar presentation cabinet card signed by the first Marine to win the Medal of Honor in military history, Corp. JOHN F. MACKIE (1835-1910). Mackie won the medal during the Union naval attack on Fort Darling, Va. on May 15, 1862 while serving on the USS Galena. His citation reads: "As enemy shell fire raked the deck of his ship, Corporal Mackie fearlessly maintained his musket fire...and when ordered to fill vacancies at the guns caused by men...killed in action, manned the weapon with skill and courage...". Mackie is shown wearing the uniform of a Marine while the MOH is pinned to his lapel second from left. Published by Egan & Holloway, Philadelphia. Signed on the verso, in full: "To Richard B. Porter with the compliments of John F. Mackie, 10-20-1910". Negligible dampstain, else very good. $600 - 8006

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