Christopher C. Bruton

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Christopher C. Bruton
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Born 1841
Ireland
Died Unknown
Unknown
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1862, 1864 - 1865
Rank Captain
Brevet Major
Unit 22nd New York Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia
Awards Medal of Honor

Christopher C. Bruton (or Braton) (born 1841 – unknown) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia fought on March 2, 1865. It was the final battle for Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early, whose force was destroyed.

Bruton joined the 18th New York Infantry in May 1861, and was discharged for disability in August 1862. [1] He joined the 22nd New York Cavalry in January 1864, and was commissioned as an officer the following March. He mustered out with his regiment in August 1865. [2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

"The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain (Cavalry) Christopher C. Bruton, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 2 March 1865, while serving with Company C, 22d New York Cavalry, in action at Waynesboro, Virginia, for capture of General Early's headquarters flag, Confederate national standard."

The Medal was awarded on March 26, 1865.[3] Colonel Hartwell B. Compson of the 8th New York Cavalry is also credited with the capture of this flag.

The captured flag was a Confederate Second National flag measuring 4’ x 6’ and was presented by Compson to the Secretary of War. The Federal government returned the flag to Virginia in 1906. It is in the possession of The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.

Nothing is known of Bruton after the Civil War. It is believed that he died from disease in Texas in the 1870s or the early 1880s.[4]

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