List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L

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This is a complete alphabetical list (G to L) of Medal of Honor recipients during the Civil War. Many of the awards during the Civil War were for capturing or saving regimental flags. During the Civil War, regimental flags served as the rallying point for the unit, and guided the unit's movements. Loss of the flag could greatly disrupt a unit, and could have a greater effect than the death of the commanding officer.

Medal of Honor[edit]

Main article: Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government and is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself "...conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States..." Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.[1] The medal of honor has only been awarded to Americans of great valor on the battlefield risking his/hers life.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Gage, Richard J.Richard J. Gage Army E-01Private Elk River, Tennessee July 2, 1863 Voluntarily joined a small party that, under a heavy fire, captured a stockade and saved the bridge.
Galloway, George N.George N. Galloway Army E-01Private Alsops Farm, Virginia May 8, 1864 Voluntarily held an important position under heavy fire.
Galloway, JohnJohn Galloway Army Commissary Sergeant Farmville, Virginia Apr 7, 1865 His regiment being surprised and nearly overwhelmed, he dashed forward under a heavy fire, reached the right of the regiment, where the danger was greatest, rallied the men and prevented a disaster that was imminent.
An older, balding black man with mustache, wearing a double-breasted suit and striped bow tie. He is sitting in a chair holding an open book in his left hand. Gardiner, James D.James D. Gardiner Army E-01Private Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Last name sometimes spelled "Gardner"
Gardner, Charles N.Charles N. Gardner Army E-01Private Battle of Five Forks, Virginia Apr 1, 1865 Capture of flag.
Gardner, Robert J.Robert J. Gardner Army Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Was among the first to enter Fort Gregg, clearing his way by using his musket on the heads of the enemy.
Gardner, WilliamWilliam Gardner Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Galena, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 As seaman on board the U.S.S. Galena in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving gallantly during this fierce battle which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan. Gardner behaved with conspicuous coolness under the fire of the enemy.
Garrett, WilliamWilliam Garrett Army Sergeant Battle of Nashville, Tennessee Dec 16, 1864 With several companions dashed forward, the first to enter the enemy's works, taking possession of 4 pieces of artillery and captured the flag of the 13th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).
Garrison, James R.James R. Garrison Navy Coal Heaver Aboard the USS Hartford, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during successful engagements against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. When a shell struck his foot and severed one of his toes, Garrison remained at his station at the shell whip and, after crudely bandaging the wound, continued to perform his duties until severely wounded by another shellburst.
Garvin, WilliamWilliam Garvin Navy Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Agawam, First Battle of Fort Fisher December 23, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Agawam, as one of a volunteer crew of a powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864.
Gasson, RichardRichard Gasson* Army Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Fell dead while planting the colors of his regiment on the enemy's works.
Gaunt, John C.John C. Gaunt Army E-01Private Battle of Franklin, Tennessee Nov 30, 1864 Capture of flag.
Gause, IsaacIsaac Gause Army E-04Corporal near Berryville, Virginia Sep 13, 1864 Capture of the colors of the 8th South Carolina Infantry while engaged in a reconnaissance along the Berryville and Winchester Pike.
Gaylord, Levi B.Levi B. Gaylord Army Sergeant Battle of Fort Stedman, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 Voluntarily assisted in working an abandoned gun, while exposed to heavy fire, until the enemy's advancing line was routed by a charge on its left flank
George, Daniel G.Daniel G. George Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 October 27, 1864 George served on board U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, in action 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram, Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her.
Gere, Thomas P.Thomas P. Gere Army O-02First Lieutenant and Adjutant Battle of Nashville, Tennessee Dec 16, 1864 Capture of flag of 4th Mississippi (C.S.A.).
Geschwind, NicholasNicholas Geschwind Army Captain Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Gibbs, WesleyWesley Gibbs Army Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag.
Gifford, BenjaminBenjamin Gifford Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Gifford, David L.David L. Gifford Army E-01Private Ashepoo River, South Carolina May 24, 1864 Volunteered as a member of a boat crew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed during the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.
Gile, Frank S.Frank S. Gile Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Lehigh, Charleston Harbor November 16, 1863 On board the U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task of freeing the Lehigh, which had been grounded, and was under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie.
An older white man with Van Dyke mustache and beard wearing an ornate military jacket with fringe at the shoulders, a wide sash across the chest, and a medal hanging from his neck. Gillespie, George L.George L. Gillespie Army O-02First Lieutenant near Bethesda Church, Virginia May 31, 1864 Exposed himself to great danger by voluntarily making his way through the enemy's lines to communicate with Gen. Sheridan. While rendering this service he was captured, but escaped; again came in contact with the enemy, was again ordered to surrender, but escaped by dashing away under fire.
Gilligan, Edward L.Edward L. Gilligan Army First Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 1, 1863 Assisted in the capture of a Confederate flag by knocking down the color sergeant.
Gilmore, John C.John C. Gilmore Army Major Salem Heights, Virginia May 3, 1863 Seized the colors of his regiment and gallantly rallied his men under a very severe fire.
Ginley, PatrickPatrick Ginley Army E-01Private Reams Station, Virginia Aug 25, 1864 The command having been driven from the works, he, having been left alone between the opposing lines, crept back into the works, put 3 charges of canister in one of the guns, and fired the piece directly into a body of the enemy about to seize the works; he then rejoined his command, took the colors, and ran toward the enemy, followed by the command, which recaptured the works and guns.
Gion, JosephJoseph Gion Army E-01Private Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 2, 1863 Voluntarily and under heavy fire advanced toward the enemy's lines and secured valuable information.
Godley, Leonidas M.Leonidas M. Godley Army First Sergeant Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Led his company in the assault on the enemy's works and gained the parapet, there receiving 3 very severe wounds. He lay all day in the sun, was taken prisoner, and had his leg amputated without anesthetics.
Goettel, PhilipPhilip Goettel Army E-01Private Ringgold, Georgia Nov 27, 1863 Capture of flag and battery guidon.
Goheen, Charles A.Charles A. Goheen Army First Sergeant Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Capture of flag
Goldsbery, Andrew E.Andrew E. Goldsbery Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Goodall, Francis H.Francis H. Goodall Army First Sergeant Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Dec 13, 1862 With the assistance of another soldier brought a wounded comrade into the lines, under heavy fire.
Goodman, William E.William E. Goodman Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 3, 1863 Rescued the colors of the 107th Ohio Volunteers from the enemy.
Goodrich, EdwinEdwin Goodrich Army O-02First Lieutenant near Cedar Creek, Virginia Nov 1864 While the command was falling back, he returned, and in the face of the enemy rescued a sergeant from under his fallen horse.
Gould, Charles G.Charles G. Gould Army Captain Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Among the first to mount the enemy's works in the assault, he received a serious bayonet wound in the face, was struck several times with clubbed muskets, but bravely stood his ground, and with his sword killed the man who bayoneted him.
Gould, Newton T.Newton T. Gould Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Gouraud, George E.George E. Gouraud Army Captain and aide-de-camp Honey Hill, South Carolina Nov 30, 1864 While under severe fire of the enemy, which drove back the command, rendered valuable assistance in rallying the men.
Grace, PeterPeter Grace Army Sergeant Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 5, 1864 Singlehanded, rescued a comrade from 2 Confederate guards, knocking down one and compelling surrender of the other.
Graham, RobertRobert Graham Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Tacony October 31, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Tacony during the taking of Plymouth, North Carolina, 31 October 1864. Carrying out his duties faithfully during the capture of Plymouth, Graham distinguished himself by a display of coolness when he participated in landing and spiking a 9-inch gun while under a devastating fire from enemy musketry.
Graham, Thomas N.Thomas N. Graham Army O-01Second Lieutenant Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee Nov 25, 1863 Seized the colors from the color bearer, who had been wounded, and, exposed to a terrible fire, carried them forward, planting them on the enemy's breastworks.
Grant, GabrielGabriel Grant Army Surgeon Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia Jun 1, 1862 Removed severely wounded officers and soldiers from the field while under a heavy fire from the enemy, exposing himself beyond the call of duty, thus furnishing an example of most distinguished gallantry.
Head and torso of a white man with bushy sideburns connecting to his mustache, wearing a plain double-breasted military jacket. Grant, Lewis A.Lewis A. Grant Army Colonel Salem Heights, Virginia May 3, 1864 Personal gallantry and intrepidity displayed in the management of his brigade and in leading it in the assault in which he was wounded.
Graul, WilliamWilliam Graul Army E-04Corporal Fort Harrison, Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 First to plant the colors of his State on the fortifications.
Gray, JohnJohn Gray Army E-01Private Port Republic, Virginia Jun 9, 1862 Mounted an artillery horse of the enemy and captured a brass 6-pound piece in the face of the enemy's fire and brought it to the rear.
Gray, Robert A.Robert A. Gray Army Sergeant Drurys Bluff, Virginia May 16, 1864 While retreating with his regiment, which had been repulsed, he voluntarily returned, in face of the enemy's fire, to a former position and rescued a wounded officer of his company who was unable to walk.
Grebe, M. R. WilliamM. R. William Grebe Army Captain Jonesboro, Georgia Aug 31, 1864 While acting as aide and carrying orders across a most dangerous part of the battlefield, being hindered by a Confederate advance, seized a rifle, took a place in the ranks and was conspicuous in repulsing the enemy.
Green, GeorgeGeorge Green Army E-04Corporal Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee Nov 25, 1863 Scaled the enemy's works and in a hand-to-hand fight helped capture the flag of the 18th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).
Greenawalt, AbrahamAbraham Greenawalt Army E-01Private Battle of Franklin, Tennessee Nov 30, 1864 Capture of corps headquarters flag (C.S.A.).
Greene, JohnJohn Greene Navy Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Varuna, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 Captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Varuna during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and while under fire and ramming by the rebel ship Morgan, 24 April 1862.
Head of a white man with brown hair, mustache, and beard, wearing a blue military jacket with two columns of gold buttons down the chest. The portrait is in a golden oval-shaped frame. Greene, Oliver D.Oliver D. Greene Army Major and Assistant Adjutant General Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Formed the columns under heavy fire and put them into position.
Gregg, Joseph O.Joseph O. Gregg Army E-01Private near the Richmond & Petersburg Ry., Virginia Jun 16, 1864 Voluntarily returned to the breastworks which his regiment had been forced to abandon to notify 3 missing companies that the regiment was falling back; found the enemy already in the works, refused a demand to surrender, returning to his command under a concentrated fire, several bullets passing through his hat and clothing.
Greig, Theodore W.Theodore W. Greig Army O-01Second Lieutenant Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 A Confederate regiment, the 4th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.), having planted its battle flag slightly in advance of the regiment, this officer rushed forward and seized it, and, although shot through the neck, retained the flag and brought it within the Union lines.
Gresser, IgnatzIgnatz Gresser Army E-04Corporal Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 While exposed to enemy fire, carried from the field his wounded comrade William Henry Sowden.
Gribben, James H.James H. Gribben Army First Lieutenant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 12th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Griffiths, JohnJohn Griffiths Navy Captain of the Forecastle USS Santiago de Cuba Landing Party, Second Battle of Fort Fisher January 15, 1865 On board the U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba during the assault on Fort Fisher on 15 January 1865. As one of a boatcrew detailed to one of the generals on shore, Griffiths bravely entered the fort in the assault and accompanied his party in carrying dispatches at the height of the battle. He was one of 6 men who entered the fort in the assault from the fleet.
Grimshaw, SamuelSamuel Grimshaw Army E-01Private Atlanta. Georgia Aug 6, 1864 Saved the lives of some of his comrades, and greatly imperiled his own by picking up and throwing away a lighted shell which had fallen in the midst of the company.
Head of a white man with wavy hair and a beard but no mustache, wearing a stiff-collard jacket. Grindlay, James G.James G. Grindlay Army Colonel Battle of Five Forks, Virginia Apr 1, 1865 The first to enter the enemy's works, where he captured 2 flags.
Griswold, Luke M.Luke M. Griswold Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard the USS Rhode Island, loss of USS Monitor December 30, 1862 Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862.
Grueb, GeorgeGeorge Grueb Army E-01Private Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in advancing to the ditch of the enemy's works
Guerin, Fitz W.Fitz W. Guerin Army E-01Private Grand Gulf, Mississippi Apr 28, 1863 – Apr 29, 1863 With two comrades voluntarily took position on board the steamer Cheeseman, in charge of all the guns and ammunition of the battery, and remained in charge of the same for a considerable time while the steamer was unmanageable and subjected to a heavy fire from the enemy.
Guinn, ThomasThomas Guinn Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Gwynne, NathanielNathaniel Gwynne Army E-01Private Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 When about entering upon the charge, this soldier, then but 15 years old, was cautioned not to go in, as he had not been mustered. He indignantly protested and participated in the charge, his left arm being crushed by a shell and amputated soon afterward.

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Recipients are listed alphabetically by last name. Posthumous receipt is denoted by an asterisk.

      This along with the *, indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Hack, JohnJohn Hack Army E-01Private Vicksburg, Mississippi May 3, 1863 Was one of a party which volunteered and attempted to run the enemy's batteries with a steam tug and 2 barges loaded with subsistence stores.
Hack, Lester G.Lester G. Hack Army Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag of 23d Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.) with several of the enemy.
Hadley, Cornelius M.Cornelius M. Hadley Army Sergeant Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee Nov 20, 1863 With one companion, voluntarily carried through the enemy's lines important dispatches from Gen. Grant to Gen. Burnside, then besieged within Knoxville, and brought back replies, his comrade's horse being killed and the man taken prisoner.
Hadley, Osgood T.Osgood T. Hadley Army E-04Corporal near Pegram House, Virginia Sep 30, 1864 As color bearer of his regiment he defended his colors with great personal gallantry and brought them safely out of the action.
Haffee, EdmundEdmund Haffee Navy Quarter Gunner Aboard the USS New Ironsides, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher Dec 1864 – Jan 1865 Haffee served on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13, 14, and 15 January 1865.
Hagerty, AselAsel Hagerty Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Haight, John H.John H. Haight Army Sergeant Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia, Bristol Station, Virginia, and Manassas, Virginia May 5, 1862 and Aug 1862 At Williamsburg, Virginia, voluntarily carried a severely wounded comrade off the field in the face of a large force of the enemy; in doing so was himself severely wounded and taken prisoner. Went into the fight at Bristol Station, Virginia, although severely disabled. At Manassas, volunteered to search the woods for the wounded.
Haight, SidneySidney Haight Army E-04Corporal Petersburg, Virginia July 30, 1864 Instead of retreating, remained in the captured works, regardless of his personal safety and exposed to the firing, which he boldly and deliberately returned until the enemy was close upon him.
Haley, JamesJames Haley Navy Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served as captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864.
Hall, Francis B.Francis B. Hall Army Chaplain Salem Heights, Virginia May 3, 1863 Voluntarily exposed himself to a heavy fire during the thickest of the fight and carried wounded men to the rear for treatment and attendance.
Hall, Henry S.Henry S. Hall Army O-01Second Lieutenant Gaines Mill, Virginia June 27, 1862 Although wounded at Gaines Mill, Virginia, he remained on duty and participated in the battle with his company. At Rappahannock Station, Virginia, while acting as aide, rendered gallant and prompt assistance in reforming the regiments inside the enemy's works.
Hall, Newton H.Newton H. Hall Army E-04Corporal Battle of Franklin, Tennessee Nov 30, 1864 Capture of flag, believed to have belonged to Steward's Corps (C.S.A.).
Hallock, Nathan M.Nathan M. Hallock Army E-01Private Bristoe Station, Virginia Jun 15, 1863 At imminent peril saved from death or capture a disabled officer of his company by carrying him under a hot musketry fire, to a place of safety.
Halstead, WilliamWilliam Halstead Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Ham, Mark G.Mark G. Ham Navy Carpenter's Mate Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Performing his duties intelligently and faithfully, Ham distinguished himself in the face of the bitter enemy fire and was highly commended by his divisional officer.
Hamilton, HughHugh Hamilton Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Hamilton, RichardRichard Hamilton Navy Coal Heaver Aboard U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 October 27, 1864 Served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her.
Hamilton, Thomas W.Thomas W. Hamilton Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Cincinnati, Operations against Vicksburg May 27, 1863 Serving as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863.
Hammel, Henry A.Henry A. Hammel Army Sergeant Grand Gulf, Mississippi Apr 28, 1863 – Apr 29, 1863 With two comrades voluntarily took position on board the steamer Cheeseman, in charge of all the guns and ammunition of the battery, and remained in charge of the same for considerable time while the steamer was unmanageable and subjected to a heavy fire from the enemy.
Hand, AllexanderAllexander Hand Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Ceres July 9, 1862 Served on board the U.S.S. Ceres in the fight near Hamilton, Roanoke River, 9 July 1862.
Head and shoulders of an older white man with a long beard and white hair, wearing a dark suit coat. Haney, Milton L.Milton L. Haney Army Chaplain Battle of Atlanta, Georgia Jul 22, 1864 Voluntarily carried a musket in the ranks of his regiment and rendered heroic service in retaking the Federal works which had been captured by the enemy.
Hanford, Edward R.Edward R. Hanford Army E-01Private Woodstock, Virginia Oct 9, 1864 Capture of flag of 32d Battalion Virginia Cavalry (C.S.A.).
Hanks, JosephJoseph Hanks Army E-01Private Vicksburg Mississippi May 22, 1863 Voluntarily and under fire went to the rescue of a wounded comrade lying between the lines, gave him water, and brought him off the field.
Head and shoulders of a white man with a mustache and long, bushy sideburns, wearing a suit coat with an oval emblem on each lapel. Hanna, Marcus A.Marcus A. Hanna Army Sergeant Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana Jul 4, 1863 Exposed himself to a heavy fire to get water for comrades in rifle pits.
Hanna, MiltonMilton Hanna Army E-04Corporal Nolensville, Tennessee Feb 15, 1863 Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.
Hanscom, Moses C.Moses C. Hanscom Army E-04Corporal Bristoe Station, Virginia Oct 14, 1863 Capture of the flag of 26th North Carolina (C.S.A.).
Hapeman, DouglasDouglas Hapeman Army Lieutenant Colonel Battle of Peachtree Creek, Georgia Jul 20, 1864 With conspicuous coolness and bravery rallied his men under a severe attack, re-formed the broken ranks, and repulsed the attack.
Harbourne, John H.John H. Harbourne Army E-01Private Second Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Jun 17, 1864 Capture of flag along with 3 enemy men.
Harcourt, ThomasThomas Harcourt Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard the USS Minnesota, Second Battle of Fort Fisher January 15, 1865 On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Hardenbergh, Henry M.Henry M. Hardenbergh* Army E-01Private Deep Run, Virginia Aug 16, 1864 Capture of flag. He was wounded in the shoulder during this action. He was killed in action at Petersburg on 28 August 1864.
Harding, ThomasThomas Harding Navy Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Dacotah June 9, 1864 Served as captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Dacotah on the occasion of the destruction of the blockade runner Pevensey, near Beauford, North Carolina, 9 June 1864.
Haring, Abram P.Abram P. Haring Army O-02First Lieutenant Bachelors Creek, North Carolina Feb 1, 1864 With a command of 11 men, on picket, resisted the attack of an overwhelming force of the enemy.
Harley, BernardBernard Harley Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 October 27, 1864 Harley served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her.
Harmon, Amzi D.Amzi D. Harmon Army E-04Corporal Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag.
Harrington, DanielDaniel Harrington Navy Landsman USS Pocahontas landing party March 11, 1862 Harrington participated in a shore mission to procure meat for the ship's crew. While returning to the beach, the party was fired on from ambush and several men killed or wounded. Cool and courageous throughout his action, Harrington rendered gallant service against the enemy and in administering to the casualties.
Harrington, Ephraim W.Ephraim W. Harrington Army Sergeant Second Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia May 3, 1863 Carried the colors to the top of the heights and almost to the muzzle of the enemy's guns.
Harris, George W.George W. Harris Army E-01Private Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Capture of flag, wresting it from the color bearer and shooting an officer who attempted to regain it.
A black man sitting in a chair, wearing a forage cap and a suit coat over a vest and holding a revolver in his left hand. On the vest is a watch fob chain and a circular medal hanging from a ribbon. Harris, James H.James H. Harris Army Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in the assault.
Harris, JohnJohn Harris Navy Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Metacomet, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 As captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Metacomet, Harris was a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the officers and crew of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh, when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Harris, MosesMoses Harris Army O-02First Lieutenant Smithfield, Virginia Aug 28, 1864 In an attack upon a largely superior force, his personal gallantry was so conspicuous as to inspire the men to extraordinary efforts, resulting in complete rout of the enemy.
Harris, SampsonSampson Harris Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Harrison, George H.George H. Harrison Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as sponger and loader of the 11-inch pivot gun during the bitter engagement, Harrison exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.
Hart, John W.John W. Hart Army Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 2, 1863 Was one of six volunteers who charged upon a log house near the Devil's Den, where a squad of the enemy's sharpshooters were sheltered, and compelled their surrender.
Hart, William E.William E. Hart Army E-01Private Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 1864 and 1865 Gallant conduct and services as scout in connection with capture of the guerrilla Harry Gilmor, and other daring acts.
Head and torso of a white man with a mustache and wavy hair wearing an ornate military jacket. The jacket has fringed shoulder boards, a wide sash across the chest, and four medals pinned to the center and left half of the chest. Hartranft, John F.John F. Hartranft Army Colonel First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia Jul 21, 1861 Remained in battle despite his term of service having ended.
Harvey, HarryHarry Harvey Army E-04Corporal Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Capture of flag and bearer, with two other prisoners.
Haskell, Frank W.Frank W. Haskell Army Sergeant Major Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia Jun 1, 1862 Assumed command of a portion of the left wing of his regiment, all the company officers present having been killed or disabled, led it gallantly across a stream and contributed most effectively to the success of the action.
Haskell, Marcus M.Marcus M. Haskell Army Sergeant Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Although wounded and exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy, at the risk of his own life he rescued a badly wounded comrade and succeeded in conveying him to a place of safety.
Hastings, Smith H.Smith H. Hastings Army Captain Newbys Crossroads, Virginia Jul 24, 1863 While in command of a squadron in rear guard of a cavalry division, then retiring before the advance of a corps of infantry, was attacked by the enemy and, orders having been given to abandon the guns of a section of field artillery with the rear guard that were in imminent danger of capture, he disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns.
Head and shoulders of a white man with a Van Dyke mustache and beard, wearing a double-breasted military jacket with a rectangular patch over the shoulder. Hatch, John P.John P. Hatch Army Brigadier General Battle of South Mountain, Maryland Sep 14, 1862 Was severely wounded while leading one of his brigades in the attack under a heavy fire from the enemy.
Hathaway, Edward W.Edward W. Hathaway Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Sciota, Vicksburg, Mississippi June 28, 1862 Struck by a bullet which severed his left arm above the elbow, Hathaway displayed exceptional courage as his ship sustained numerous damaging hits from stem to stern while proceeding down the river to fight the battle of Vicksburg.
Havron, John H.John H. Havron Army Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Was one of a detachment of 20 picket artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.
Hawkins, CharlesCharles Hawkins Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Agawam, First Battle of Fort Fisher December 23, 1864 Hawkins served on board the U.S.S. Agawam, as one of a volunteer crew of a powderboat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864.
Hawkins, Gardner C.Gardner C. Hawkins Army O-02First Lieutenant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 When the lines were wavering from the well-directed fire of the enemy, this officer, acting adjutant of the regiment, sprang forward, and with encouraging words cheered the soldiers on and, although dangerously wounded, refused to leave the field until the enemy's works were taken.
Sketch of a white man with a wide mustache and dark wavy hair, wearing a suit and bowtie. Hawkins, Martin J.Martin J. Hawkins Army E-04Corporal Great Locomotive Chase, Georgia Apr 1862 One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Head of a young black man with close-cropped hair wearing a dark suit coat over a shirt and tie. Hawkins, Thomas R.Thomas R. Hawkins Army Sergeant Major Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Rescue of regimental colors.
Hawthorne, Harris S.Harris S. Hawthorne Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Captured the Confederate Gen. G. W. Custis Lee.
Hayden, Joseph B.Joseph B. Hayden Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Ticonderoga, Second Battle of Fort Fisher January 13, 1865 – January 15, 1865 On board the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, as quartermaster in charge of steering the ship into action, during attacks on Fort Fisher, 13 to 15 January 1865.
Hayes, JohnJohn Hayes Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as second captain of the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Hayes exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.
Hayes, ThomasThomas Hayes Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 As Captain of No. 1 gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Cool and courageous at his station throughout the prolonged action, Hayes maintained fire from his gun on Fort Morgan and on ships of the Confederacy despite extremely heavy return fire.
Haynes, Asbury F.Asbury F. Haynes Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag
Hays, John H.John H. Hays Army E-01Private Columbus, Georgia Apr 16, 1865 Capture of flag and bearer Austin's Battery (C.S.A.).
Healey, George W.George W. Healey Army E-01Private Newnan, Georgia Jul 29, 1864 When nearly surrounded by the enemy, captured a Confederate soldier, and with the aid of a comrade who joined him later, captured 4 other Confederate soldiers, disarmed the 5 prisoners, and brought them all into the Union lines.
Hedges, Joseph S.Joseph S. Hedges Army O-02First Lieutenant near Harpeth River, Tennessee Dec 17, 1864 At the head of his regiment charged a field battery with strong infantry supports, broke the enemy's line and, with other mounted troops, captured 3 guns and many prisoners.
Heermance, William L.William L. Heermance Army Captain Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia Apr 30, 1863 Took command of the regiment as its senior officer when surrounded by Stuart's Cavalry. The regiment cut its way through the enemy's line and escaped but Capt. Heermance was desperately wounded, left for dead on the field and was taken prisoner.
Heller, HenryHenry Heller Army Sergeant Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 2, 1863 One of a party of 4 who, under heavy fire, voluntarily brought into the Union lines a wounded Confederate officer from whom was obtained valuable information concerning the position of the enemy.
Helms, David H.David H. Helms Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Henry, Guy V.Guy V. Henry Army Colonel Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia Jun 1, 1864 Led the assaults of his brigade upon the enemy's works.
Henry, JamesJames Henry Army Sergeant Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Henry, William W.William W. Henry Army Colonel Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia Oct 19, 1864 Though suffering from severe wounds, rejoined his regiment and let it in a brilliant charge, recapturing the guns of an abandoned battery.
Herington, Pitt B.Pitt B. Herington Army E-01Private near Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia Jun 15, 1864 With one companion and under a fierce fire of the enemy at close range, went to the rescue of a wounded comrade who had fallen between the lines and carried him to a place of safety.
A white man with wavy hair and extremely bushy sideburns connected to a mustache, sitting in a chair. He is wearing a long double-breasted military coat with a rectangular patch over each shoulder. Herron, Francis J.Francis J. Herron Army Lieutenant Colonel Pea Ridge, Ark. May 7, 1862 Was foremost in leading his men, rallying them to repeated acts of daring, until himself disabled and taken prisoner.
Hesseltine, Francis S.Francis S. Hesseltine Army Colonel Matagorda Bay, Tex. Dec 29, 1863 – Dec 30, 1863 In command of a detachment of 100 men, conducted a reconnaissance for 2 days, baffling and beating back an attacking force of more than a thousand Confederate cavalry, and regained his transport without loss.
Hibson, Joseph C.Joseph C. Hibson Army E-01Private near Fort Wagner, South Carolina Jul 1863 While voluntarily performing picket duty under fire on 13 July 1863, was attacked and his surrender demanded, but he killed his assailant. The day following responded to a call for a volunteer to reconnoiter the enemy's position, and went within the enemy's lines under fire and was exposed to great danger. On 18 July voluntarily exposed himself with great gallantry during an assault, and received 3 wounds that permanently disabled him for active service.
Hickey, Dennis W.Dennis W. Hickey Army Sergeant Stony Creek Bridge, Virginia Jun 29, 1864 With a detachment of 3 men, tore up the bridge at Stony Creek being the last man on the bridge and covering the retreat until he was shot down.
Hickman, JohnJohn Hickman Navy Second Class Fireman Aboard the USS Richmond, Siege of Port Hudson March 14, 1863 Served on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863.
Hickok, Nathan E.Nathan E. Hickok Army E-04Corporal Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Capture of flag
Higby, CharlesCharles Higby Army E-01Private Appomattox Campaign, Virginia Mar 29, 1865 – Apr 9, 1865 Capture of flag
Head and shoulders of a white man with hair combed to one side and a full beard, wearing a suit with a bow tie and a star-shaped medal on the left breast. Higgins, Thomas J.Thomas J. Higgins Army Sergeant Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Received the Medal of Honor at the request of the Confederates who captured him.
Highland, PatrickPatrick Highland Army E-04Corporal Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Conspicuous gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg.
Hill, EdwardEdward Hill Army Captain Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia Jun 1, 1864 Led the brigade skirmish line in a desperate charge on the enemy's masked batteries to the muzzles of the guns, where he was severely wounded.
Hill, HenryHenry Hill Army E-04Corporal Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 6, 1864 This soldier, with one companion, would not retire when his regiment fell back in confusion after an unsuccessful charge, but instead advanced and continued firing upon the enemy until the regiment re-formed and regained its position.
Hill, JamesJames Hill Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Champion Hill, Mississippi May 16, 1863 By skillful and brave management captured 3 of the enemy's pickets.
Hill, JamesJames Hill Army E-05Sergeant Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 Capture of flag, shooting a Confederate officer who was rallying his men with the colors in his hand.
Hilliker, Benjamin F.Benjamin F. Hilliker Army Musician Mechanicsburg, Mississippi June 4, 1863 When men were needed to oppose a superior Confederate force he laid down his drum for a rifle and proceeded to the front of the skirmish line which was about 120 feet from the enemy. While on this volunteer mission and firing at the enemy he was hit in the head with a minie ball which passed through him. An order was given to "lay him in the shade; he won't last long." He recovered from this wound being left with an ugly scar.
Hills, William G.William G. Hills Army E-01Private North Fork, Virginia September 26, 1864 Voluntarily carried a severely wounded comrade out of a heavy fire of the enemy.
Hilton, Alfred B.Alfred B. Hilton* Army Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia September 29, 1864 When the regimental color bearer fell, this soldier seized the color and carried it forward, together with the national standard, until disabled at the enemy's inner line.
Hincks, William B.William B. Hincks Army Sergeant Major Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 3, 1863 During the high-water mark of Pickett's charge on 3 July 1863 the colors of the 14th Tenn. Inf. C.S.A. were planted 50 yards in front of the center of Sgt. Maj. Hincks' regiment.
Hinnecan, WilliamWilliam Hinnecan Navy Second Class Fireman Aboard the USS Agawam, First Battle of Fort Fisher December 23, 1864 Hinnegan served on board the U.S.S. Agawam, as one of a volunteer crew of powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864.
Hodges, Addison J.Addison J. Hodges Army E-01Private Vicksburg, Mississippi May 3, 1863 Was one of a party that volunteered and attempted to run the enemy's batteries with a steam tug and 2 barges loaded with subsistence stores.
Hoffman, HeinrichHeinrich Hoffman Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Hoffman, Thomas W.Thomas W. Hoffman Army Captain Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Prevented a retreat of his regiment during the battle.
Hogan, FranklinFranklin Hogan Army E-04Corporal Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 Capture of flag of 6th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Hogarty, William P.William P. Hogarty Army E-01Private Battle of Antietam, Maryland and Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Sep 17, 1862 and Dec 13, 1862 Distinguished gallantry in actions while attached to Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery; lost his left arm at Fredericksburg.
Holcomb, DanielDaniel Holcomb Army E-01Private Brentwood Hills, Tennessee Dec 16, 1864 Capture of Confederate guidon.
Holehouse, JamesJames Holehouse Army E-01Private Marye's Heights, Virginia May 3, 1863 First name sometimes given as John. With one companion voluntarily and with conspicuous daring advanced beyond his regiment, which had been broken In the assault, and halted beneath the crest. Following the example of these 2 men, the colors were brought to the summit, the regiment was advanced and the position held.
Holland, Lemuel F.Lemuel F. Holland Army E-04Corporal Elk River, Tennessee Jul 2, 1863 Voluntarily joined a small party that, under a heavy fire, captured a stockade and saved the bridge.
Head and shoulders of a man with thick hair and a full, pointed beard wearing a suit coat over a white shirt and bow tie. Holland, Milton M.Milton M. Holland Army Sergeant Major Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Took command of Company C, after all the officers had been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it.
Hollat, GeorgeGeorge Hollat Navy Third Class Boy Aboard the USS Varuna, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 Hollat served as third class boy on board the U.S.S. Varuna during an attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862.
Holmes, Lovilo N.Lovilo N. Holmes Army First Sergeant Nolensville, Tennessee Feb 15, 1863 Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.
Holmes, William T.William T. Holmes Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 27th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Holton, Charles M.Charles M. Holton Army First Sergeant Falling Waters, Virginia Jul 14, 1863 Capture of flag of 55th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.). In the midst of the battle with foot soldiers he dismounted to capture the flag.
Holton, Edward A.Edward A. Holton Army First Sergeant Lees Mills, Virginia Apr 16, 1862 Rescued the colors of his regiment under heavy fire, the color bearer having been shot down while the troops were in retreat.
Homan, ConradConrad Homan Army Color Sergeant Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 Fought his way through the enemy's lines with the regimental colors, the rest of the color guard being killed or captured.
Hooker, George W.George W. Hooker Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of South Mountain, Maryland Sep 14, 1862 Rode alone, in advance of his regiment, into the enemy's lines, and before his own men came up received the surrender of the major of a Confederate regiment, together with the colors and 116 men.
Hooper, William B.William B. Hooper Army E-04Corporal Chamberlains Creek, Virginia Mar 31, 1865 With the assistance of a comrade, headed off the advance of the enemy, shooting two of his color bearers; also posted himself between the enemy and the led horses of his own command, thus saving the herd from capture.
Hopkins, Charles F.Charles F. Hopkins Army E-04Corporal Gaines Mill, Virginia Jun 27, 1862 Voluntarily carried a wounded comrade, under heavy fire, to a place of safety; though twice wounded in the act, he continued in action until again severely wounded.
Horan, ThomasThomas Horan Army Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 2, 1863 In a charge of his regiment this soldier captured the regimental flag of the 8th Florlda Infantry (C.S.A.).
Head of a white man with a bushy mustache wearing a dark suit and bow tie. The portrait is surrounded by an oval-shaped frame decorated with stars and stripes. Horgan, Michael C.Michael C. Horgan[nb 1] Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Tacony October 31, 1864 "[D]istinguished himself by a display of coolness when he participated in landing and spiking a 9-inch gun while under a devastating fire from enemy musketry."
Horne, Samuel B.Samuel B. Horne Army Captain Fort Harrison, Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 While acting as an aide and carrying an important message, was severely wounded and his horse killed but delivered the order and rejoined his general.
Head and shoulders of a young white man with unkempt hair sticking out from under a tilted forage cap. He is wearing an open jacket over a white shirt. Horsfall, William H.William H. Horsfall Army Drummer Siege of Corinth, Mississippi May 21, 1862 Fifteen years old at time of Medal of Honor action.
Horton, JamesJames Horton Navy Gunner's Mate Aboard the USS Montauk September 21, 1864 During the night of 21 September, when fire was discovered in the magazine lightroom of the vessel, causing a panic and demoralizing the crew, Horton rushed into the cabin, obtained the magazine keys, sprang into the lightroom and began passing out combustibles, Including the box of signals in which the fire originated.
Horton, Lewis A.Lewis A. Horton Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Rhode Island, loss of USS Monitor December 30, 1862 Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island, which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862.
Hottenstine, Solomon J.Solomon J. Hottenstine Army E-01Private Petersburg and Norfolk Railroad, Virginia Aug 19, 1864 Captured flag belonging to a North Carolina regiment, and through a ruse led them into the arms of Federal troops.
Hough, IraIra Hough Army E-01Private Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia Oct 19, 1864 Capture of flag.
Houghton, Charles H.Charles H. Houghton Army Captain Battle of the Crater and Battle of Fort Stedman, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 and Mar 25, 1865 In the Union assault at the Crater (30 July 1864), and in the Confederate assault repelled at Fort Haskell, displayed most conspicuous gallantry and repeatedly exposed himself voluntarily to great danger, was 3 times wounded, and suffered loss of a leg.
Houghton, Edward J.Edward J. Houghton Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 October 27, 1864 Houghton served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her.
Houghton, George L.George L. Houghton Army E-01Private Elk River, Tennessee Jul 2, 1863 Voluntarily joined a small party that, under a heavy fire, captured a stockade and saved the bridge.
Houlton, WilliamWilliam Houlton Army Commissary Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Howard, Henderson C.Henderson C. Howard Army E-04Corporal Glendale, Virginia Jun 30, 1862 While pursuing one of the enemy's sharpshooters, encountered 2 others, whom he bayoneted in hand-to-hand encounters; was 3 times wounded in action.
Howard, Hiram R.Hiram R. Howard Army E-01Private Missionary Ridge, Tennessee November 25, 1863 Scaled the enemy's works and in a hand-to-hand fight helped capture the flag of the 18th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).
Howard, JamesJames Howard Army Sergeant Fort Gregg, Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Carried the colors in advance of the line of battle, the flagstaff being shot off while he was planting it on the parapet of the fort.
Head and shoulders of a white man with a full bushy beard and thick hair, wearing a double-breasted military jacket with a patch with two stars on the top of each shoulder. Howard, Oliver O.Oliver O. Howard Army Brigadier General Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia Jun 1, 1862 Led the 61st New York Infantry in a charge in which he was twice severely wounded in the right arm, necessitating amputation.
Howard, PeterPeter Howard Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Mississippi, Siege of Port Hudson March 14, 1863 Served on board the U.S.S. Mississippi during the action against Port Hudson, 14 March 1863.
Howard, Squire E.Squire E. Howard Army First Sergeant Bayou Teche, Louisiana Jan 14, 1863 Voluntarily carried an important message through the heavy fire of the enemy to bring aid and save the gunboat Calhoun.
A white adolescent boy standing with his right arm resting on the back of a chair. He is wearing a forage cap, a dark military jacket, and light-colored pants. Howe, Orion P.Orion P. Howe Army Musician Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 19, 1863 A drummer boy, 14 years of age, and severely wounded and exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy, he persistently remained upon the field of battle until he had reported to Gen. W. T. Sherman the necessity of supplying cartridges for the use of troops under command of Colonel Malmborg.
Howe, William H.William H. Howe Army Sergeant Battle of Fort Stedman, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 Served an abandoned gun under heavy fire.
Hubbell, William S.William S. Hubbell Army Captain Fort Harrison, Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 30, 1864 Bravery in leading flanking movement, capturing large number of prisoners.
Hudson, Aaron R.Aaron R. Hudson Army E-01Private Culloden, Georgia Apr 1865 Capture of flag of Worrill Grays (C.S.A.).
Hudson, MichaelMichael Hudson Marine Corps Sergeant Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Hughes, OliverOliver Hughes Army E-04Corporal Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, Virginia Jun 24, 1864 Capture of flag of 11th South Carolina (C.S.A.).
Hughey, JohnJohn Hughey Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 38th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Drawing of a white man with hair parted in the center and a mustache, wearing a suit coat over a shirt and tie. Huidekoper, Henry S.Henry S. Huidekoper Army Lieutenant Colonel Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 1, 1863 While engaged in repelling an attack of the enemy, received a severe wound of the right arm, but instead of retiring remained at the front in command of the regiment.
Hunt, Louis T.Louis T. Hunt Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Hunter, Charles A.Charles A. Hunter Army Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 In the assault on Fort Gregg, bore the regimental flag bravely and was among the foremost to enter the work.
Hunterson, John C.John C. Hunterson Army E-01Private On the Peninsula, Virginia Jun 5, 1862 While under fire, between the lines of the 2 armies, voluntarily gave up his own horse to an engineer officer whom he was accompanying on a reconnaissance and whose horse had been killed, thus enabling the officer to escape with valuable papers in his possession.
Huskey, MichaelMichael Huskey Navy Fireman Aboard the USS Carondelet Mar 1863 Fireman on board the U.S.S. Carondelet, Deer Creek Expedition, March 1863. Carrying out his duties gallantly, Huskey volunteered to aid in the rescue of the tug Ivy under the fire of the enemy, and set forth general meritorious conduct during this hazardous mission.
Hyatt, TheodoreTheodore Hyatt Army First Sergeant Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Hyde, Thomas W.Thomas W. Hyde Army Major Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Led his regiment in an assault on a strong body of the enemy's infantry and kept up the fight until the greater part of his men had been killed or wounded, bringing the remainder safely out of the fight.
Hyland, JohnJohn Hyland Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Signal, Red River Campaign May 5, 1864 Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Signal which was attacked by field batteries and sharpshooters and destroyed in Red River, 5 May 1864.
Hymer, SamuelSamuel Hymer Army Captain Buzzard's Roost Gap, Georgia Oct 13, 1864 With only 41 men under his command [Company D, 115th Illinois Infantry], defended and held a blockhouse against the attack of Hood's Division for nearly 10 hours, thus checking the advance of the enemy and insuring the safety of the balance of the regiment, as well as that of the 8th Kentucky Infantry, then stationed at Ringgold, Georgia

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Ilgenfritz, Charles H.Charles H. Ilgenfritz Army Sergeant Fort Sedgwick, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 The color bearer falling, pierced by 7 balls, he immediately sprang forward and grasped the colors, planting them upon the enemy's forts amid a murderous fire of grape, canister, and musketry from the enemy.
Immell, Lorenzo D.Lorenzo D. Immell Army E-04Corporal Battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo. Aug 10, 1861 Bravery in action
Ingalls, Lewis J.Lewis J. Ingalls Army E-01Private Boutte Station, Louisiana Sep 4, 1862 A railroad train guarded by about 60 men on flat cars having been sidetracked by a misplaced switch into an ambuscade of guerrillas who were rapidly shooting down the unprotected guards, this soldier, under a severe fire in which he was wounded, ran to another switch and, opening it, enabled the train and the surviving guards to escape.
Inscho, Leonidas H.Leonidas H. Inscho Army E-04Corporal Battle of South Mountain, Maryland Sep 14, 1862 Alone and unaided and with his left hand disabled, captured a Confederate captain and 4 men.
Irlam, JosephJoseph Irlam Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 Stationed at the wheel on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When heavy enemy fire struck down several men at their guns and replacements were not available, Irlam voluntarily released 2 men who were stationed with him and carried on at the wheel with the assistance of only one of the crew throughout the furious battle.
Irsch, FrancisFrancis Irsch Army Captain Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 1, 1863 Gallantry in flanking the enemy and capturing a number of prisoners and in holding a part of the town against heavy odds while the Army was rallying on Cemetery Hill.
Irving, JohnJohn Irving Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Irving, ThomasThomas Irving Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Lehigh, Charleston Harbor November 16, 1863 Served on board the U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task of freeing the Lehigh, which had grounded, and was under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie. Rowing the small boat which was used in the hazardous task of transferring hawsers from the Lehigh to the Nahant. Irving twice succeeded in making the trip, while under severe fire from the enemy, only to find that each had been in vain when the hawsers were cut by hostile fire and chafing.
Irwin, NicholasNicholas Irwin Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern, Irwin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Irwin, PatrickPatrick Irwin Army First Sergeant Jonesboro, Georgia Sep 1, 1864 In a charge by the 14th Michigan Infantry against the entrenched enemy was the first man over the line of works of the enemy, and demanded and received the surrender of Confederate Gen. Daviel Govan and his command.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Jackson, Frederick R.Frederick R. Jackson Army First Sergeant Battle of James Island, South Carolina Jun 16, 1862 Having his left arm shot away in a charge on the enemy, he continued on duty, taking part in a second and a third charge until he fell exhausted from the loss of blood.
Jacobson, Eugene P.Eugene P. Jacobson Army Sergeant Major Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 2, 1863 Bravery in conducting a scouting party in front of the enemy.
James, IsaacIsaac James Army E-01Private Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag.
James, John H.John H. James Navy Captain of the Top Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
James, MilesMiles James Army E-04Corporal Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 30, 1864 Having had his arm mutilated, making immediate amputation necessary, he loaded and discharged his piece with one hand and urged his men forward; this within 30 yards of the enemy's works.
Head and shoulders of a white man with parted hair and a large mustache, wearing a star-shaped medal from a ribbon around his neck. Jamieson, WalterWalter Jamieson Army First Sergeant Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia and Fort Harrison, Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 and Sep 29, 1864 Voluntarily went between the lines under a heavy fire at Petersburg, Virginia, to the assistance of a wounded and helpless officer, whom he carried within the Union lines. At Fort Harrison, Virginia, seized the regimental color, the color bearer and guard having been shot down, and, rushing forward, planted it upon the fort in full view of the entire brigade.
Jardine, JamesJames Jardine Army Sergeant Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Jellison, Benjamin H.Benjamin H. Jellison Army Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 3, 1863 Capture of flag of 57th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.). He also assisted in taking prisoners.
Jenkins, ThomasThomas Jenkins Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Cincinnati, Operations against Vicksburg May 27, 1863 Served on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863.
Jennings, James T.James T. Jennings Army E-01Private Battle of Globe Tavern, Virginia Aug 20, 1864 Capture of flag of 55th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.).
Jewett, Erastus W.Erastus W. Jewett Army O-02First Lieutenant Newport Barracks, North Carolina Feb 2, 1864 By long and persistent resistance and burning the bridges kept a superior force of the enemy at a distance and thus covered the retreat of the garrison.
John, WilliamWilliam John Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Johndro, FranklinFranklin Johndro Army E-01Private Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 30, 1864 Capture of 40 prisoners.
Johns, ElishaElisha Johns Army E-04Corporal Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Last name sometimes spelled "Jones"
Johns, Henry T.Henry T. Johns Army E-01Private Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana May 27, 1863 Volunteered in response to a call and took part in the movement that was made upon the enemy's works under a heavy fire therefrom ?of a mile in advance of the general assault.
Johnson, AndrewAndrew Johnson Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Johnson, FollettFollett Johnson Army E-04Corporal New Hope Church, Georgia May 27, 1864 Voluntarily exposed himself to the fire of a Confederate sharpshooter, thus drawing fire upon himself and enabling his comrade to shoot the sharpshooter.
Johnson, HenryHenry Johnson Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Metacomet, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 As seaman on board the U.S.S. Metacomet, Johnson served as a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. He braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, thereby eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.
Head and shoulders of a white man with a mustache and receding hairline, wearing a dark suit and tie with three medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast. The portrait is surrounded by a decorative oval frame. Johnson, JohnJohn Johnson Army E-01Private Battle of Antietam, Maryland and Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Sep 17, 1862 and Dec 13, 1862 Conspicuous gallantry in battle in which he was severely wounded. While serving as cannoneer he manned the positions of fallen gunners.
Johnson, Joseph E.Joseph E. Johnson Army O-02First Lieutenant Fort Harrison, Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Though twice severely wounded while advancing in the assault, he disregarded his injuries and was among the first to enter the fort, where he was wounded for the third time.
Johnson, Ruel M.Ruel M. Johnson Army Major Chattanooga, Tennessee Nov 25, 1863 While in command of the regiment bravely exposed himself to the fire of the enemy, encouraging and cheering his men.
Johnson, SamuelSamuel Johnson Army E-01Private Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Individual bravery and daring in capturing from the enemy 2 colors of the 1st Texas Rangers (C.S.A.), receiving in the act a severe wound.
Johnson, Wallace W.Wallace W. Johnson Army Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 2, 1863 With five other volunteers gallantly charged on a number of the enemy's sharpshooters concealed in a log house, captured them, and brought them into the Union lines.
Johnston, DavidDavid Johnston Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Johnston, William P.William P. Johnston Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Fort Hindman, near Harrisonburg, Louisiana Mar 2, 1864 Continued to work the ship's guns despite being badly wounded.
Johnston, WillieWillie Johnston Army Musician Richmond, Virginia Peninsular Campaign 1862 Between June 25 and July 1, 1862 Twelve years old, the youngest to receive the Medal of Honor, carried out his duties as a drummer boy and litter carrier under intense fire with courage and dedication during the Seven Day's Battle.
Jones, AndrewAndrew Jones Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Chickasaw, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 Served as chief boatswain's mate on board the U.S. Ironclad, Chickasaw, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Although his enlistment was up, Jones volunteered for the battle of Mobile Bay, going on board the Chickasaw from the Vincennes where he then carried out his duties gallantly throughout the engagement with the enemy which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee.
Jones, DavidDavid Jones Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Head and shoulders of a white man with a wide bushy mustache, wearing a bow tie and dark suit with a medal pinned to the left breast. The portrait is surrounded by a circular frame and images of flowers. Jones, JohnJohn Jones Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Rhode Island, loss of USS Monitor December 30, 1862 Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island, which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862.
Jones, John E.John E. Jones Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Oneida, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 Served as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Stationed at the wheel during the fierce action, Jones, though wounded, carried out his duties gallantly by going to the poop to assist at the signals after the wheel ropes were shot away and remained there until ordered to reeve new wheel ropes.
Jones, ThomasThomas Jones Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Ticonderoga, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher Dec 1864 – Jan 1865 On board the U.S.S. Ticonderoga during attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13 to 15 January 1865.
Jones, WilliamWilliam Jones Navy Captain of the Top Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Rlchmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Jones, WilliamWilliam Jones Army First Sergeant Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Capture of flag of 65th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Jordan, AbsalomAbsalom Jordan Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Jordan, RobertRobert Jordan Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Mount Washington, Siege of Suffolk April 14, 1863 Attached to the U.S.S. Minnesota and temporarily serving on the U.S.S. Mount Washington, during action against the enemy in the Nansemond River, 14 April 1863.
Jordan, ThomasThomas Jordan Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Galena, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Galena during the attack on enemy forts at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Josselyn, Simeon T.Simeon T. Josselyn Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee Nov 25, 1863 While commanding his company, deployed as skirmishers, came upon a large body of the enemy, taking a number of them prisoner. Lt. Josselyn himself shot their color bearer, seized the colors and brought them back to his regiment.
Judge, Francis W.Francis W. Judge Army First Sergeant Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tennessee Nov 29, 1863 The color bearer of the 51st Georgia Infantry. (C.S.A.), having planted his flag upon the side of the work, Sgt. Judge leaped from his position of safety, sprang upon the parapet, and in the face of a concentrated fire seized the flag and returned with it in safety to the fort.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Kaiser, JohnJohn Kaiser Army Sergeant Richmond, Virginia Jun 27, 1862 Gallant and meritorious service during the 7 days' battles before Richmond, Virginia
Kaltenbach, LutherLuther Kaltenbach Army E-04Corporal Battle of Nashville, Tennessee Dec 16, 1864 Capture of flag, of 44th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).
Kane, JohnJohn Kane Army E-04Corporal Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg.
Kane, ThomasThomas Kane Navy Captain of the Hold Aboard the USS Nereus, Second Battle of Fort Fisher Jan 15, 1865 On board the U.S.S. Nereus during the attack on Fort Fisher, on 15 January 1865.
Head and shoulders of a white man with dark hair and a neatly trimmed Van Dyke mustache and beard, wearing a plain dark jacket. Kappesser, PeterPeter Kappesser Army E-01Private Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Nov 24, 1863 Captured a Confederate flag.
Karpeles, LeopoldLeopold Karpeles Army Sergeant Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 6, 1864 While color bearer, rallied the retreating troops and induced them to check the enemy's advance.
Kauss, AugustAugust Kauss Army E-04Corporal Battle of Five Forks, Virginia Apr 1, 1865 Last name sometimes spelled "Kautz"
Keele, JosephJoseph Keele Army Sergeant Major Battle of North Anna, Virginia May 23, 1864 Voluntarily and at the risk of his life carried orders to the brigade commander, which resulted in saving the works his regiment was defending.
Keen, Joseph S.Joseph S. Keen Army Sergeant near Chattahoochee River, Georgia Oct 1, 1864 While an escaped prisoner of war within the enemy's lines witnessed an important movement of the enemy, and at great personal risk made his way through the enemy's lines and brought news of the movement to Sherman's army.
Keene, JosephJoseph Keene Army E-01Private Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Dec 13, 1862 Voluntarily seized the colors after several color bearers had been shot down and led the regiment in the charge.
Kelley, Andrew J.Andrew J. Kelley Army E-01Private Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee Nov 20, 1863 Having voluntarily accompanied a small party to destroy buildings within the enemy's lines whence sharpshooters had been firing, disregarded an order to retire, remained and completed the firing of the buildings, thus insuring their total destruction; this at the imminent risk of his life from the fire of the advancing enemy.
Kelley, George V.George V. Kelley Army Captain Battle of Franklin, Tennessee Nov 30, 1864 Capture of flag supposed to be of Cheatham's Corps (C.S.A.).
Kelley, JohnJohn Kelley Navy Second Class Fireman Aboard the USS Ceres July 9, 1862 Served as second-class fireman on board the U.S.S. Ceres in the fight near Hamilton, Roanoke River, 9 July 1862.
Kelley, Leverett M.Leverett M. Kelley Army Sergeant Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee Nov 25, 1863 Sprang over the works just captured from the enemy, and calling upon his comrades to follow, rushed forward in the face of a deadly fire and was among the first over the works on the summit, where he compelled the surrender of a Confederate officer and received his sword.
Head and shoulders of an older black man with short hair and extremely long, bushy sideburns connecting to a mustache. He is wearing a suit coat, vest, and tie. Kelly, AlexanderAlexander Kelly Army First Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Gallantly seized the colors, which had fallen near the enemy's lines of abatis, raised them and rallied the men at a time of confusion and in a place of the greatest danger.
Kelly, DanielDaniel Kelly Army Sergeant Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Capture of flag.
Kelly, ThomasThomas Kelly Army E-01Private Front Royal, Virginia Aug 16, 1864 Capture of flag.
Kemp, JosephJoseph Kemp Army First Sergeant Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 6, 1864 Capture of flag of 31st North Carolina (C.S.A.) in a personal encounter.
Kendall, William W.William W. Kendall Army First Sergeant Black River Bridge, Mississippi May 17, 1863 Voluntarily led the company in a charge and was the first to enter the enemy's works, taking a number of prisoners.
Kendrick, ThomasThomas Kendrick Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Oneida, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Kenna, BarnettBarnett Kenna Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Kennedy, JohnJohn Kennedy Army E-01Private Battle of Trevilian Station, Virginia Jun 11, 1864 Remained at his gun, resisting with its implements the advancing cavalry, and thus secured the retreat of his detachment.
Kenyon, CharlesCharles Kenyon Navy Fireman Aboard the USS Galena, Drewry's Bluff May 15, 1862 On board the U.S.S. Galena in the attack upon Drewry's Bluff, 15 May 1862. Severely burned while extricating a priming wire which had become bent and fixed in the bow gun while his ship underwent terrific shelling from the enemy, Kenyon hastily dressed his hands with cotton waste and oil and courageously returned to his gun while enemy sharpshooters in rifle pits along the banks continued to direct their fire at the men at the guns.
Kenyon, John SnydersJohn Snyders Kenyon Army Sergeant Trenton, North Carolina May 15, 1862 Voluntarily left a retiring column, returned in face of the enemy's fire, helped a wounded man upon a horse, and so enable him to escape capture or death. Additional details: [nb 2]
Kenyon, Samuel P.Samuel P. Kenyon Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag
Keough, JohnJohn Keough Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag of 50th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Kephart, JamesJames Kephart Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 19, 1863 Voluntarily and at the risk of his life, under a severe fire of the enemy, aided and assisted to the rear an officer who had been severely wounded and left on the field.
Kerr, Thomas R.Thomas R. Kerr Army Captain Moorfield, W. Va. Aug 7, 1864 After being most desperately wounded, he captured the colors of the 8th Virginia Cavalry (C.S.A.).
Kiggins, JohnJohn Kiggins Army Sergeant Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Nov 24, 1863 Waved the colors to save the lives of the men who were being fired upon by their own batteries, and thereby drew upon himself a concentrated fire from the enemy.
Kimball, JosephJoseph Kimball Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 6th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.).
Kindig, John M.John M. Kindig Army E-04Corporal Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Capture of flag of 28th North Carolina Infantry. (C.S.A.).
A white man in a long military jacket, with a wide sash and belt at the waist and a sword hanging at his side. He is standing with his right hand inside his jacket. King, Horatio C.Horatio C. King Army Major and Quartermaster Battle of Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia Mar 31, 1865 Carried orders to the reserve brigade and participated with it in the charge which repulsed the enemy.
King, Robert H.Robert H. King Navy Landsman Aboard U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 October 27, 1864 King served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1, in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram, CSS Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her.
Head and shoulders of a white man with a drooping mustache, wearing a military jacket with shoulder boards, one medal at the neck, and a row of medals across the entire chest. King, Rufus, Jr.Rufus King, Jr. Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of White Oak Swamp, Virginia Jun 30, 1862 This officer, when his captain was wounded, succeeded to the command of two batteries while engaged against a superior force of the enemy and fought his guns most gallantly until compelled to retire.
Kinnaird, Samuel W.Samuel W. Kinnaird Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Lackawanna, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 Served as a landsman on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Kinsey, JohnJohn Kinsey Army E-04Corporal Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 18, 1864 Seized the colors, the color bearer having been shot, and with great gallantry succeeded in saving them from capture.
Kirby, Dennis T.Dennis T. Kirby Army Major Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Seized the colors when the color bearer was killed and bore them himself in the assault.
Kirk, Jonathan C.Jonathan C. Kirk Army Captain Battle of North Anna, Virginia May 23, 1864 Volunteered for dangerous service and single-handedly captured 13 armed Confederate soldiers and marched them to the rear.
Kline, HarryHarry Kline Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag.
Kloth, Charles H.Charles H. Kloth Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Carried with others by hand a cannon up to and fired it through an embrasure of the enemy's works.
Knight, Charles H.Charles H. Knight Army E-04Corporal Petersburg, Virginia July 30, 1864 In company with a sergeant, was the first to enter the exploded mine; was wounded but took several prisoners to the Federal lines.
Head of a square-jawed young white man wearing a military jacket and overcoat. Knight, William J.William J. Knight Army E-01Private Georgia Apr 1862 One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Head of a white man with a receding hairline and a long goatee, wearing a dark suit coat. Knowles, Abiather J.Abiather J. Knowles Army E-01Private Bull Run, Virginia Jul 21, 1861 Removed dead and wounded under heavy fire.
Knox, Edward M.Edward M. Knox Army O-01Second Lieutenant Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 2, 1863 Held his ground with the battery after the other batteries had fallen back until compelled to draw his piece off by hand; he was severely wounded.
Koogle, JacobJacob Koogle Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Five Forks, Virginia Apr 1, 1865 Capture of battle flag.
Portrait of a man with a drooping mustache and a dark suit coat, in a circular frame. Kountz, John S.John S. Kountz Army Musician Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee Nov 25, 1863 Seized a musket and joined in the charge in which he was severely wounded.
Kramer, Theodore L.Theodore L. Kramer Army E-01Private Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Took one of the first prisoners, a captain
Kretsinger, GeorgeGeorge Kretsinger Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Carried with others by hand a cannon up to and fired it through an embrasure of the enemy's works.
Kuder, AndrewAndrew Kuder Army O-01Second Lieutenant Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Capture of flag.
Kuder, JeremiahJeremiah Kuder Army Lieutenant Jonesboro, Georgia Sep 1, 1864 Capture of flag of 8th and 19th Arkansas (C.S.A.).

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Labill, Joseph S.Joseph S. Labill Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Ladd, GeorgeGeorge Ladd Army E-01Private Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Captured a standard bearer, his flag, horse and equipment.
Lafferty, JohnJohn Lafferty Navy Fireman Aboard the USS Wyalusing May 25, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participated in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864.
Laffey, BartlettBartlett Laffey Navy Seaman Yazoo City, Mississippi Mar 5, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Marmora off Yazoo City, Mississippi, 5 March 1864. Landed ashore with his howitzer gun and crew in the midst of battle and contributed to the turning back of the enemy.
Laing, WilliamWilliam Laing Army Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Was among the first to scale the parapet.
Lakin, DanielDaniel Lakin Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Commodore Perry October 3, 1862 On board the U.S.S. Commodore Perry in the attack upon Franklin, Virginia, 3 October 1862. With enemy fire raking the deck of his ship and blockades thwarting her progress, Lakin remained at his post and performed his duties with skill and courage as the Commodore Perry fought a gallant battle to silence many rebel batteries as she steamed down the Blackwater River.
Landis, James P.James P. Landis Army Chief Bugler Paines Crossroads, Virginia Apr 5, 1865 Capture of flag
Lane, Morgan D.Morgan D. Lane Army E-01Private near Jetersville, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of gunboat Nansemond.
Lanfare, Aaron S.Aaron S. Lanfare Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 11th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).
Langbein, J. C. JuliusJ. C. Julius Langbein Army Musician Camden, North Carolina Apr 19, 1862 A drummer boy, 15 years of age, he voluntarily and under a heavy fire went to the aid of a wounded officer, procured medical assistance for him, and aided in carrying him to a place of safety.
Lann, John S.John S. Lann Navy Landsman USS Magnolia Landing Party, Battle of Natural Bridge Mar 5, 1865 – Mar 6, 1865 As landsman on board the U.S.S. Magnolia, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March, Lann served with the Army in charge of Navy howitzers during the attack on St. Marks and throughout this fierce engagement made remarkable efforts in assisting transport of the gun. His coolness and determination in standing by his gun while under the fire of the enemy were a credit to the service to which he belonged.
Larimer, SmithSmith Larimer Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of General Kershaw's headquarters.
Larrabee, James W.James W. Larrabee Army E-04Corporal Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Lawson, GainesGaines Lawson Army First Sergeant Minville, Tennessee Oct 3, 1863 Went to the aid of a wounded comrade between the lines and carried him to a place of safety.
Head and shoulders of an older black man with short hair and a mustache, wearing a suit coat with three medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast. Lawson, JohnJohn Lawson Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Hartford, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 For staying at his post despite being wounded
Head of a white man with a wide pointed mustache, wearing a dark double-breasted military jacket with the letters "U.S.V" on the collar. Lawton, Henry W.Henry W. Lawton Army Captain Atlanta, Georgia Aug 3, 1864 Led a charge of skirmishers against the enemy's rifle pits and stubbornly and successfully resisted 2 determined attacks of the enemy to retake the works.
Lear, NicholasNicholas Lear Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS New Ironsides, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher Dec 1864 – Jan 1865 Lear served on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13, 14, and 15 January 1865.
Lee, James H.James H. Lee Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as sponger of the No. 1 gun during this bitter engagement, Lee exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.
Leland, George W.George W. Leland Navy Gunner's Mate Aboard the USS Lehigh November 16, 1863 Serving on board the U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task, of freeing the Lehigh, which had grounded, and was under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie.
Leon, PierrePierre Leon Navy Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Baron DeKalb, Yazoo Pass Expedition December 23, 1862 – December 27, 1862 Serving on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age and the Scotland sunk on a bar where they were ordered fired. Continuing up the river, she was fired on, but upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured larger quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, Leon, as captain of the forecastle, "distinguished himself in the various actions."
Leonard, EdwinEdwin Leonard Army Sergeant near Petersburg, Virginia Jun 18, 1864 Voluntarily exposed himself to the fire of a Union brigade to stop their firing on the Union skirmish line.
Leonard, William E.William E. Leonard Army E-01Private Deep Bottom, Virginia Apr 16, 1864 Capture of battle flag.
Leslie, FrankFrank Leslie Army E-01Private Front Royal, Virginia Aug 15, 1864 Capture of colors of 3d Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Levy, BenjaminBenjamin Levy Army E-01Private Battle of Glendale, Virginia Jun 30, 1862 This soldier, a drummer boy, took the gun of a sick comrade, went into the fight, and when the color bearers were shot down, carried the colors and saved them from capture.
Lewis, Dewitt ClintonDewitt Clinton Lewis Army Captain Battle of James Island, Secessionville, South Carolina Jun 16, 1862 While retiring with his men before a heavy fire of canister shot at short range, returned in the face of the enemy's fire and rescued an exhausted private of his company who but for this timely action would have lost his life by drowning in the morass through which the troops were retiring.
Lewis, HenryHenry Lewis Army E-04Corporal Vicksburg, Mississippi May 3, 1863 Was one of a party that volunteered and attempted to run the enemy's batteries with a steam tug and two barges loaded with subsistence stores.
Lewis, Samuel E.Samuel E. Lewis Army E-04Corporal Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Was one of a detachment of 20 picked artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.
Libaire, AdolpheAdolphe Libaire Army Captain Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 In the advance on the enemy and after his color bearer and the entire color guard of 8 men had been shot down, this officer seized the regimental flag and with conspicuous gallantry carried it to the extreme front, urging the line forward.
Lilley, JohnJohn Lilley Army E-01Private Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 After his regiment began to waiver he rushed on alone to capture the enemy flag. He reached the works and the Confederate color bearer who, at bayonet point, he caused to surrender with several enemy soldiers. He kept his prisoners in tow when they realized he was alone as his regiment in the meantime withdrew further to the rear.
Little, Henry F. W.Henry F. W. Little Army Sergeant near Richmond, Virginia Sep 1864 Gallantry on the skirmish line.
Littlefield, George H.George H. Littlefield Army E-04Corporal Fort Fisher, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 The color sergeant having been wounded, this soldier picked up the flag and bore it to the front, to the great encouragement of the charging column.
Livingston, Josiah O.Josiah O. Livingston Army O-02First Lieutenant Newport Barracks, North Carolina Feb 2, 1864 When, after desperate resistance, the small garrison had been driven back to the river by a vastly superior force, this officer, while a small force held back the enemy, personally fired the railroad bridge, and, although wounded himself, assisted a wounded officer over the burning structure.
Lloyd, BenjaminBenjamin Lloyd Navy Coal Heaver Aboard the USS Wyalusing May 25, 1864 Serving on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participating in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864.
Lloyd, John W.John W. Lloyd Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Wyalusing May 25, 1864 Serving on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing during an attempt to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864, Lloyd participated in this daring plan by swimming the Roanoke River heavily weighted with a line which was used for hauling torpedoes across. Thwarted by discovery just before the completion of the plan, Lloyd cut the torpedo guiding line to prevent detection of the plan by the enemy and again swam the river, narrowly escaping enemy musket fire and regaining the ship in safety.
Locke, LewisLewis Locke Army E-01Private Paines Crossroads, Virginia Apr 5, 1865 Capture of a Confederate flag
Logan, HughHugh Logan Navy Captain of the Afterguard Aboard the USS Rhode Island, loss of USS Monitor December 30, 1862 On board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in rescuing men from the stricken Monitor in Mobile Bay, on 30 December 1862.
Lonergan, JohnJohn Lonergan Army Captain Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Jul 2, 1863 Gallantry in the recapture of 4 guns and the capture of 2 additional guns from the enemy; also the capture of a number of prisoners
Longshore, William H.William H. Longshore Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party.
Lonsway, JosephJoseph Lonsway Army E-01Private Murfrees Station, Virginia Oct 16, 1864 Volunteered to swim Blackwater River to get a large flat used as a ferry on other side; succeeded in getting the boat safely across, making it possible for a detachment to cross the river and take possession of the enemy's breastworks.
Lord, WilliamWilliam Lord Army Musician Drurys Bluff, Virginia May 16, 1864 Went to the assistance of a wounded officer lying helpless between the lines, and under fire from both sides removed him to a place of safety.
Lorish, Andrew J.Andrew J. Lorish Army Commissary Sergeant Battle of Opequon, Virginia Sep 19, 1864 Amid the enemy he grabbed the flag from a color bearer who then called for help. When the bearer's comrades were readying their rifles he dashed directly at them securing their disarming. As he rode away, the Confederates picked up their guns firing at the captor of their flag.
Love, George M.George M. Love Army Colonel Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia Oct 19, 1864 Capture of battle flag of 2d South Carolina (C.S.A.).
Lovering, George M.George M. Lovering Army First Sergeant Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana Jun 14, 1863 During a momentary confusion in the ranks caused by other troops rushing upon the regiment, this soldier, with coolness and determination, rendered efficient aid in preventing a panic among the troops.
Lower, Cyrus B.Cyrus B. Lower Army E-01Private Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 7, 1864 Gallant services and soldierly qualities in voluntarily rejoining his command after having been wounded.
Lower, Robert A.Robert A. Lower Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party
Loyd, GeorgeGeorge Loyd Army E-01Private At Petersburg, Virginia April 2, 1865 Capture of division flag of General Heth
Lucas, George W.George W. Lucas Army E-01Private Benton, Ark. Jul 25, 1864 Pursued and killed Confederate Brig. Gen. George M. Holt, Arkansas Militia, capturing his arms and horse.
Head and shoulders of a white man with a full beard and wire-framed glasses, wearing a suit coat, vest, and tie. Luce, Moses A.Moses A. Luce Army Sergeant Laurel Hill, Virginia May 10, 1864 Voluntarily returned in the face of the advancing enemy to the assistance of a wounded and helpless comrade, and carried him, at imminent peril, to a place of safety.
Ludgate, WilliamWilliam Ludgate Army Captain Farmville, Virginia Apr 7, 1865 Gallantry and promptness in rallying his men and advancing with a small detachment to save a bridge about to be fired by the enemy.
Ludwig, CarlCarl Ludwig Army E-01Private Second Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Jun 18, 1864 As gunner of his piece, inflicted singly a great loss upon the enemy and distinguished himself in the removal of the piece while under a heavy fire.
Lunt, Alphonso M.Alphonso M. Lunt Army Sergeant Battle of Opequon, Virginia Sep 19, 1864 Carried his flag to the most advanced position where, left almost alone close to the enemy's lines he refused their demand to surrender, withdrew at great personal peril, and saved his flag.
Lutes, Franklin W.Franklin W. Lutes Army E-04Corporal Petersburg, Virginia Mar 31, 1865 Capture of flag of 41st Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.), together with the color bearer and one of the color guard.
Luther, James H.James H. Luther Army E-01Private Second Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia May 3, 1863 Among the first to jump into the enemy's rifle pits, he himself captured and brought out three prisoners.
Luty, GotliebGotlieb Luty Army E-04Corporal Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 3, 1863 Bravely advanced to the enemy's line under heavy fire and brought back valuable information.
Lyman, Joel H.Joel H. Lyman Army Quartermaster Sergeant Battle of Opequon, Virginia Sep 19, 1864 In an attempt to capture a Confederate flag he captured one of the enemy's officers and brought him within the lines.
Lyon, Frederick A.Frederick A. Lyon Army E-04Corporal Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia Oct 19, 1864 With 1 companion, captured the flag of a Confederate regiment, 3 officers, and an ambulance with its mules and driver.
Lyons, ThomasThomas Lyons Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Pensacola, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip Apr 24, 1862 For not leaving his post while under fire during the attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip.

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  1. ^ Served under the name "Martin Howard", medal issued in this name
  2. ^ Biographical information: John Snyders Kenyon at Find a Grave

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Defense link Medal of Honor history