James Richmond (Medal of Honor)

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James Richmond
Born 1843
Maine
Died June 3, 1864 (aged 20–21)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service to 1864
Rank Private
Unit 8th Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Gettysburg
 • Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Awards Medal of Honor

James Richmond (1843 – June 3, 1864) was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Born in 1843 in Maine, Richmond was living in Toledo, Ohio, when he joined the Army. He served during the war as a private in Company F of the 8th Ohio Infantry. On July 3, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg, he captured a Confederate battle flag.[1][2]

He was wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House the next year, on May 12, 1864, and died of his injuries weeks later, on June 3. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

For his actions at Gettysburg, Richmond was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on December 1, 1864. His official citation reads simply: "Capture of flag."[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "James Richmond". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M–Z)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 

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