Edgar A. Bras

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Edgar A. Bras
Born (1841-10-06)October 6, 1841
Jefferson County, Iowa
Died June 24, 1923(1923-06-24) (aged 81)
Florida
Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1866
Rank First Sergeant
Unit Iowa 8th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Battle of Spanish Fort
Awards Medal of Honor

Edgar A. Bras (October 6, 1841 to June 24, 1923)[1] was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Bras received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Spanish Fort in Alabama on 8 April 1865. He was honored with the award on 8 June 1865.[2][3][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Bras was born on 6 October 1841 in Jefferson County, Iowa.[3] He enlisted at Louisa County, Iowa into the 8th Iowa Infantry.[2] On 8 April 1865, during the Battle of Spanish Fort, one of the efforts by Union forces to capture the forts protecting the city of Mobile, Alabama, Bras charged through the Confederate camp, capturing a flag from a color-bearer. It is for this act of bravery that he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1][6]

Following the Civil War, Bras pursued farming, dwelling in several states, including Florida. His wife, Mary E. Bras, died a few years before him. Bras died on 24 June 1923 and his remains are interred at the Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[4][5]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Capture of flag.[1][2][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Edgar A. Bras". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bras, Edgar A.". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Iowa Civil War Monuments". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Edgar A. Bras Memorial Service". 27 May 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "First Sgt. Edgar A. Bras". Retrieved 28 September 2013.