John A. Falconer

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John A. Falconer
Born 1844
Washtenaw, Michigan
Died April 1, 1900
Missouri
Buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Michigan Company A, 17th Michigan Infantry
Battles/wars Siege of Knoxville
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal John A. Falconer (1844 to April 1, 1900) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Falconer received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Siege of Knoxville at Fort Sanders in Tennessee on 20 November 1863. He was honored with the award on 27 July 1896.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Falconer was born in Washtenaw, Michigan in 1844. He enlisted into the 17th Michigan Infantry. He died on 1 April 1900 and his remains are interred at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Conducted the "burning party" of his regiment at the time a charge was made on the enemy's picket line, and burned the house which had sheltered the enemy's sharpshooters, thus insuring success to a hazardous enterprise.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "John A. Falconer". Retrieved 17 November 2013.