Horatio L. Birdsall
|Horatio L. Birdsall|
Monroe County, New York
|Died||November 19, 1891 (aged 57–58)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1861 - 1865|
|Unit||3rd Iowa Cavalry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Horatio L. Birdsall (1833–November 29, 1891) was a sergeant who served the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was part of Company B in the 3rd Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. Birdsall was awarded a Medal of Honor.
Birdsall, at the time of the Civil War's breakout, was an inhabitant of Iowa. He enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Cavalry at Keokuk. When General James H. Wilson moved on Columbus, Georgia, the 3rd Regiment accompanied him. In the Battle of Columbus, Birdsall and his regiment attacked a series of Confederate entrenchments that protected a bridge over the Chattahoochee River. The Regiment captured the entrenchments and bridge; Birdsall captured the Confederate flag-bearer and the flag. For the capture of the flagbearer, Birdsall won the Medal of Honor.
During the war, Birdsall lost a part of his right thumb and was wounded in the head.
Later life and death
- State Historical Society of Iowa. "Biography". Iowa Medal of Honor: Heroes. State Historical Society of Iowa. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- "Horatio L. Birdsall". Arlington National Cemetery Website. 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- State Historical Society of Iowa (2006). "Sgt. Horatio L. Birdsall". Iowa Medal of Honor: Heroe. State Historical Society of Iowa. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- "Horatio L. Birdsall". Find a Grave. January 27, 2002. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- "Horatio L. Birdsall". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
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