Black and white photographic portrait of John F. Mackie, a Medal of Honor recipient, wearing medal, for service during the Civil War.
This sitter is also wearing a Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) membership badge with a one-star commander bar and a GAR Navy Veterans medal.
The inscription on the reverse states that Mackie served as a First Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps on board U.S.S. Galena and participated in the attack on Fort Darling, at Drury's Bluff, James River, May 15, 1862. Macke was "particularly mentioned for his gallant conduct and services and signal acts of devotion to duty.
"Official Citation: MACKIE, JOHN F. Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1836, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Galena in the attack on Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, James River, on 15 May 1862. As enemy shellfire raked the deck of his ship, Corporal Mackie fearlessly maintained his musket fire against the rifle pits along the shore and, when ordered to fill vacancies at guns caused by men wounded and killed in action, manned the weapon with skill and courage".