Ordinary Seaman Peter Cotton (born 1839) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Cotton received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action aboard the USS Baron DeKalb during the Yazoo Pass Expedition between 23 and 27 December 1862. He was honored with the award on 3 April 1863.
Cotton was born in New York, New York in 1839. He enlisted into the United States Navy.
Medal of Honor
Cotton served on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb in the Yazoo River expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862.