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James Barnum

James Barnum was a boatswain’s mate in the United States Navy stationed aboard the Union ironclad USS New Ironsides during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the First and Second Battle of Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865. "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boatswain's Mate James Barnum, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action board the U. S. S. New Ironsides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 24 and 25 December 1864; the ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close in shore and opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well-directed fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during the first two days of fighting. Taken under fire as she steamed into position on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition at night despite severe weather conditions.

When the enemy came out of his bombproofs to defend the fort against the storming party, the ship's battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the cease-fire orders were given by the flagship. Boatswain's Mate Barnum was commended for meritorious conduct during this period." General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 Action Date: December 24–25, 1864 and January 13–15, 1865 Service: Navy Rank: Boatswain’s Mate Division: U. S. S. New Ironsides List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: A–F List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Second Battle of Fort Fisher "James Barnum". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved May 30, 2010

Rodi (Prato Leventina)

Rodi is a Swiss village in the municipality of Prato, Canton of Ticino. Along with the contiguous village of Fiesso, it forms a tiny urban area named Rodi-Fiesso. In Italian, its name means "Rhodes". Rodi is located in the Leventina Valley, upon the southwestern shore of Ticino river and below the Lepontine Alps, it is 6 from Faido, 50 from Bellinzona and 75 from Lugano. On the mountain above, in south, is located Lake Tremorgio, at 1,851 amsl. In the eastern neighbourhoods of the village it is the Dazio Grande, a former custom house built in 1561. Rodi counts a train station on the Gotthard railway. An aerial cable car links the village to Lake Tremorgio. Rodi is crossed in the middle by the National Road 2 and is not too far from the A2 motorway Chiasso-Basel. Nearest A2 exit is in Quinto, 3.5 km far from it. Media related to Rodi at Wikimedia Commons Rodi on Google Maps Dazio Grande website