List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: M–P

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This is a complete alphabetical list (M to P) 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]

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

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

Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Head and shoulders of a white man with wavy hair and a mustache, wearing a double-breasted military jacket with shoulder cords and two medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast. MacArthur, Arthur, Jr.Arthur MacArthur, Jr. Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tenn. Nov 25, 1863 Father of General Douglas MacArthur, who also was awarded a Medal of Honor
Machon, JamesJames Machon Navy Boy Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Mack, AlexanderAlexander Mack Navy O-03Captain of the Top Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Mack, JohnJohn Mack Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Hendrick Hudson Mar 5, 1865 – Mar 6, 1865 As seaman on board the USS Hendrick Hudson, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March 1865, Mack 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.
Framed portrait of a white man with a mustache and long beard wearing a flat-topped cap and a military jacket with four large medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast. Mackie, John F.John F. Mackie Marine Corps E-04Corporal Aboard the USS Galena, Drewry's Bluff May 15, 1862 Serving aboard the USS Galena Mackie was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor.
Madden, MichaelMichael Madden Army E-01Private Masons Island, Maryland Sep 3, 1861 Assisted a wounded comrade to the riverbank and, under heavy fire of the enemy, swam with him across a branch of the Potomac to the Union lines.
Madden, WilliamWilliam Madden Navy Coal Heaver Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Madison, JamesJames Madison Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Recapture of General Crook's headquarters flag.
Magee, WilliamWilliam Magee Army Drummer Third Battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dec 5, 1864 In a charge, was among the first to reach a battery of the enemy and, with one or two others, mounted the artillery horses and took two guns into the Union lines.
Mahoney, JeremiahJeremiah Mahoney Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tennessee November 29, 1863 Capture of flag of 17th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).
Mandy, Harry J.Harry J. Mandy Army First Sergeant Battle of Front Royal, Virginia Aug 15, 1864 Capture of flag of 3d Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Mangam, Richard C.Richard C. Mangam Army E-01Private Hatcher's Run, Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag of 8th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.)
Manning, Joseph S.Joseph S. Manning Army E-01Private Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tennessee November 29, 1863 Capture of flag of 17th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).
Marland, WilliamWilliam Marland Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Grand Coteau, La. Nov 3, 1863 After having been surrounded by the enemy's cavalry, his support having surrendered, he ordered a charge and saved the section of the battery that was under his command.
Marquette, CharlesCharles Marquette Army E-05Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 E-05Sergeant Marquette, although wounded, was one of the first to plant colors on the enemy's breastworks.
Marsh, AlbertAlbert Marsh Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Captured the enemy flag
Head and shoulders of a young white man with thick, neatly combed hair, wearing a dark suit and tie. Marsh, Charles H.Charles H. Marsh Army E-01Private Back Creek Valley, Virginia Jul 31, 1864 Capture of flag and its bearer.
Marsh, GeorgeGeorge Marsh Army E-05Sergeant Elk River, Tenn. Jul 2, 1863 Voluntarily led a small party and, under a heavy fire, captured a stockade and saved the bridge.
Martin, Edward S.Edward S. Martin Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Galena, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Securely lashed to the side of the Oneida which had suffered the loss of her steering apparatus and an explosion of her boiler from enemy fire, the Galena aided the stricken vessel past the enemy forts to safety. Despite heavy damage to his ship from raking enemy fire, Martin performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the action
Martin, GeorgeGeorge Martin Army E-05Sergeant Millerstown, Pa. Jul 1863 Enlisted under the name Martin Schwenk, medal was issued under that name.
Martin, II, JamesJames Martin, II Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Sgt. Martin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2 hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Martin, Sylvester H.Sylvester H. Martin Army Lieutenant Battle of Globe Tavern, Virginia Aug 19, 1864 Gallantly made a most dangerous reconnaissance, discovering the position of the enemy and enabling the division to repulse an attack made in strong force.
Martin, WilliamWilliam Martin Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Benton, Yazoo River Expedition December 27, 1862 Serving as boatswain's mate on board the USS Benton during the attack on Hayne's Bluff, Yazoo River, 27 December 1862.
Martin, WilliamWilliam Martin Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Varuna, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 O-03Captain of a gun on board the USS Varuna during an attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862.
Head of a white man with a full beard and receding hairline, wearing a military jacket with large bright buttons. Mason, Elihu H.Elihu H. Mason Army E-05Sergeant Great Locomotive Chase, Georgia Apr 1862 Fourth person to receive Medal of Honor
Mathews, William H.William H. Mathews Army First Sergeant Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 Enlisted under the name Henry Sivel, and original Medal of Honor issued under that name. A new medal was issued in 1900 under true name.
Matthews, John C.John C. Matthews Army E-04Corporal Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Voluntarily took the colors, whose bearer had been disabled, and, although himself severely wounded, carried the same until the enemy's works were taken.
Matthews, MiltonMilton Matthews Army E-01Private Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag of 7th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.).
Mattingly, Henry B.Henry B. Mattingly Army E-01Private Battle of Jonesborough, Georgia Sep 1, 1864 Capture of flag of 6th and 7th Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.).
Mattocks, Charles P.Charles P. Mattocks Army Major Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Displayed extraordinary gallantry in leading a charge of his regiment which resulted in the capture of a large number of prisoners and a stand of colors.
Maxham, Lowell M.Lowell M. Maxham Army E-04Corporal Second Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia May 3, 1863 Though severely wounded and in face of a deadly fire from the enemy at short range, he rushed bravely forward and was among the first to enter the enemy's works on the crest of Marye's Heights and helped to plant his regimental colors there.
May, WilliamWilliam May Army E-01Private Battle of Nashville, Tenn. Dec 16, 1864 Ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of Bonanchad's Confederate battery (C.S.A.).
Mayberry, John B.John B. Mayberry Army E-01Private Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 3, 1863 Captured the enemy flag
Mayes, William B.William B. Mayes Army E-01Private Near Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia Jun 15, 1864 With one companion and under a fierce fire from the enemy at short range went to the rescue of a wounded comrade who had fallen between the lines and carried him to a place of safety.
Maynard, George H.George H. Maynard Army E-01Private Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Dec 13, 1862 A wounded and helpless comrade, having been left on the skirmish line, this soldier voluntarily returned to the front under a severe fire and carried the wounded man to a place of safety.
McAdams, PeterPeter McAdams Army E-04Corporal Salem Heights, Virginia May 3, 1863 Went 250 yards in front of his regiment toward the position of the enemy and under fire brought within the lines a wounded and unconscious comrade.
McAlwee, Benjamin F.Benjamin F. McAlwee Army E-05Sergeant Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia Jul 30, 1864 Picked up a shell with burning fuse and threw it over the parapet into the ditch, where it exploded; by this act he probably saved the lives of comrades at the great peril of his own.
McAnally, CharlesCharles McAnally Army Lieutenant Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 In a hand-to-hand encounter with the enemy captured a flag, was wounded in the act, but continued on duty until he received a second wound.
McCammon, William W.William W. McCammon Army O-02First Lieutenant Second Battle of Corinth, Mississippi Oct 3, 1862 While on duty as provost marshal, voluntarily assumed command of his company, then under fire, and so continued in command until the repulse and retreat of the enemy on the following day, the loss to this company during the battle being very great.
McCarren, BernardBernard McCarren Army E-01Private Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 3, 1863 Capture of flag.
McCauslln, JosephJoseph McCauslln Army E-01Private Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Conspicuous gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg.
McCleary, Charles H.Charles H. McCleary Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Nashville, Tenn. Dec 16, 1864 Capture of flag of 4th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.), while in advance of his lines.
McClelland, James M.James M. McClelland Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
McClelland, MatthewMatthew McClelland Navy First Class Fireman Aboard the USS Richmond, Siege of Port Hudson March 14, 1863 Serving on board the USS Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6_inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety_valve chamber and also damaged the port safety_valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately became filled with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis, McClelland persisted in penetrating the steam_filled room in order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces and continued this gallant action until the gravity of the situation had lessened.
McConnell, SamuelSamuel McConnell Army O-03Captain Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 While leading his company in an assault, Capt. McConnell braved an intense fire that mowed down his unit. Upon reaching the breastworks he found that he had only one member of his company with him, Pvt. Wagner. He was so close to an enemy gun that the blast knocked him down a ditch. Getting up, he entered the gun pit, the guncrew fleeing before him. About 30 paces away he saw a Confederate flag bearer and guard which he captured with the last shot in his pistol.
McCormick, MichaelMichael McCormick Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Signal, Red River Campaign May 5, 1864 Served as boatswain's mate on board the USS Signal, Red River, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the USS Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning the fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Serving as gun captain and wounded early in the battle, McCormick bravely stood by his gun in the face of the enemy fire until ordered to withdraw.
McCornack, AndrewAndrew McCornack Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
McCullock, AdamAdam McCullock Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Lackawanna, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
McDonald, George E.George E. McDonald Army E-01Private Battle of Fort Stedman, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 Capture of flag
McDonald, JohnJohn McDonald Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Baron DeKalb, Yazoo River Expedition December 23, 1862 – December 27, 1862 Serving on board the USS Baron de Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862.
McDonald, John W.John W. McDonald Army E-01Private Battle of Shiloh, Tenn. Apr 6, 1862 Was severely wounded while endeavoring, at the risk of his life, to carry to a place of safety a wounded and helpless comrade.
McElhlnny, Samuel O.Samuel O. McElhlnny Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
McEnroe, Patrick H.Patrick H. McEnroe Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Opequon, Virginia Sep 19, 1864 Capture of colors of 36th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
McFall, DanielDaniel McFall Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Captured Col. Barker, commanding the Confederate brigade that charged the Union batteries; on the same day rescued Lt. George W. Harmon of his regiment from the enemy.
McFarland, John C.John C. McFarland Navy O-03Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Hartford, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 For not leaving his post while under fire during successful action against Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay.
McGinn, EdwardEdward McGinn Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
McGonagle, WilsonWilson McGonagle Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
McGonnigle, Andrew J.Andrew J. McGonnigle Army O-03Captain and Assistant Quartermaster Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia Oct 19, 1864 While acting chief quartermaster of Gen. Sheridan's forces operating in the Shenandoah Valley was severely wounded while voluntarily leading a brigade of infantry and was commended for the greatest gallantry by Gen. Sheridan.
McGough, OwenOwen McGough Army E-04Corporal First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia Jul 21, 1861 Through his personal exertions under a heavy fire, one of the guns of his battery was brought off the field; all the other guns were lost.
McGowan, JohnJohn McGowan Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Varuna, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 McGowan occupied one of the most responsible positions on the USS Varuna during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip and in action against the rebel ship Morgan on 24 April 1862.
McGraw, ThomasThomas McGraw Army E-05Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 One of the three soldiers most conspicuous for gallantry in the final assault.
McGuire, PatrickPatrick McGuire 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 work.
McHale, Alexander U.Alexander U. McHale Army E-04Corporal Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Captured a Confederate color in a charge, threw the flag over in front of the works, and continued in the charge upon the enemy.
McHugh, MartinMartin McHugh Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Cincinnati, Operations against Vicksburg May 27, 1863 Serving on board the USS Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863.
McIntosh, JamesJames McIntosh Navy O-03Captain of the Top Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
McKay, Charles W.Charles W. McKay Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Rocky Face Ridge, Dug Gap, Georgia May 8, 1864 Voluntarily risked his life in rescuing under the fire of the enemy a wounded comrade who was lying between the lines.
McKee, GeorgeGeorge McKee Army Color Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg
McKeen, Nineveh S.Nineveh S. McKeen Army O-02First Lieutenant Stone River, Tenn. and Battle of Hoover's Gap, Liberty Gap, Tenn. Dec 30, 1862 and Jun 25, 1863 Conspicuous in the charge at Stone River, Tenn., where he was three times wounded. At Liberty Gap, Tenn., captured colors of 8th Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.).
McKeever, MichaelMichael McKeever Army E-01Private Burnt Ordinary, Virginia Jan 19, 1863 Was one of a small scouting party that charged and routed a mounted force of the enemy six times their number. He led the charge in a most gallant and distinguished manner, going far beyond the call of duty.
Framed portrait of a white man with an extremely bushy mustache, wearing a dark suit coat and bow tie. McKnight, WilliamWilliam McKnight Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Varuna, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 O-03Captain of a gun on board the USS Varuna during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip and in action against the rebel ship Morgan, 24 April 1862.
McKown, Nathaniel A.Nathaniel A. McKown Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Capture of flag.
McLeod, JamesJames McLeod Navy O-03Captain of the Foretop Aboard the USS Pensacola, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 – April 25, 1862 O-03Captain of foretop, and a volunteer from the Colorado, McLeod served on board the USS Pensacola during the attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the taking of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. Acting as gun captain of the rifled howitzer aft which was much exposed, he served this piece with great ability and activity, although no officer superintended it.
McMahon, Martin T.Martin T. McMahon Army O-03Captain Battle of White Oak Swamp, Virginia Jun 30, 1862 Under fire of the enemy, successfully destroyed a valuable train that had been abandoned and prevented it from falling into the hands of the enemy.
McMillen, Francis M.Francis M. McMillen Army E-05Sergeant Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag.
McVeane, John P.John P. McVeane* Army E-04Corporal Fredericksburg Heights, Virginia May 4, 1863 Shot a Confederate color bearer and seized the flag; also approached, alone, a barn between the lines and demanded and received the surrender of a number of the enemy therein.
McWhorter, Walter F.Walter F. McWhorter Army Commissary Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 6th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.)
McWilliams, George W.George W. McWilliams Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Pontoosuc, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher Dec 24, 1864 – Feb 22, 1865 Served on board the USS Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, 24 December 1864, to 22 February 1865.
Meach, George E.George E. Meach Army Farrier Battle of Opequon, Virginia Sep 19, 1864 Capture of flag
Meagher, ThomasThomas Meagher Army First Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Led a section of his men on the enemy's works, receiving a wound while scaling a parapet.
Mears, George W.George W. Mears Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 2, 1863 With five volunteers he gallantly charged on a number of the enemy's sharpshooters concealed in a log house, captured them, and brought them into the Union lines.
Melville, CharlesCharles Melville Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard the USS Hartford, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship USS Hartford during action against rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee, and Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Menter, John W.John W. Menter Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
A white man with mustache, wearing an ornate military uniform including a sash across the chest, fringed shoulder boards, white gloves, and several medals pinned to the left breast. Merriam, Henry C.Henry C. Merriam Army Lieutenant Colonel Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 Volunteered to attack the enemy's works in advance of orders and, upon permission being given, made a most gallant assault.
Merrifield, James K.James K. Merrifield Army E-04Corporal Second Battle of Franklin, Tenn. Nov 30, 1864 Captured 2 battle flags from the enemy and returned with them to his own lines.
Merrill, AugustusAugustus Merrill Army O-03Captain Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 With 6 men, captured 69 Confederate prisoners and recaptured several soldiers who had fallen into the enemy's hands.
Merrill, GeorgeGeorge Merrill Army E-01Private Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina Jan 15, 1865 Voluntarily advanced with the head of the column and cut down the palisading.
Merritt, John G.John G. Merritt Army E-05Sergeant First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia Jul 21, 1861 Gallantry in action; was wounded while capturing flag in advance of his regiment.
Meyer, Henry C.Henry C. Meyer Army O-03Captain Second Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Jun 17, 1864 During an assault and in the face of a heavy fire rendered heroic assistance to a wounded and helpless officer, thereby saving his life and in the performance of this gallant act sustained a severe wound.
Mifflin, JamesJames Mifflin Navy Engineer's Cook Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Head and shoulders of a young white man with wavy hair and a mustache, wearing a double-breasted military jacket with a rectangular patch over each shoulder. Miles, Nelson A.Nelson A. Miles Army Colonel Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 2, 1863 – May 3, 1863 Holding with his command an advanced position against repeated assaults by the enemy.
Miller, AndrewAndrew Miller Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Served board the USS Richmond during Battle of Fort Morgan.
Miller, FrankFrank Miller Army E-01Private Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 25th Battalion Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.); was taken prisoner, but successfully retained his trophy until recaptured.
Miller, Henry A.Henry A. Miller Army O-03Captain Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 Capture of flag
Miller, Jacob C.Jacob C. Miller Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Framed portrait of a white man with a drooping mustache wearing a dark suit coat and bow tie. Miller, JamesJames Miller Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Marblehead December 25, 1863 Served as quartermaster on board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December 1863, during an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Acting courageously under the fierce hostile fire, Miller behaved gallantly throughout the engagement which resulted in the enemy's withdrawal and abandonment of its arms.
Miller, James P.James P. Miller Army E-01Private Selma, Alabama April 2, 1865 Capture of standard of 12th Mississippi Cavalry (C.S.A.).
Miller, JohnJohn Miller Army E-04Corporal Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 3, 1863 for capture of 2 flags
Miller, JohnJohn Miller Army E-01Private Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 for capture of flag
Miller, William E.William E. Miller Army O-03Captain Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 3, 1863 Without orders, led a charge of his squadron upon the flank of the enemy, checked his attack, and cut off and dispersed the rear of his column.
Milliken, DanielDaniel Milliken Navy Quarter Gunner Aboard the USS New Ironsides, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher Dec 1864 – Jan 1865 Milliken served on board the USS New Ironsides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864_ and 13,14 and 15 January 1865.
Mills, CharlesCharles Mills Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Minnesota, Second Battle of Fort Fisher Jan 15, 1865 On board the USS Minnesota, in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Mills, Frank W.Frank W. Mills Army E-05Sergeant Sandy Cross Roads, North Carolina Sep 4, 1862 While scouting, this soldier, in command of an advance of but 3 or 4 men, came upon the enemy, and charged them without orders, the rest of the troops following, the whole force of the enemy, 120 men, being captured.
Mindil, George W.George W. Mindil Army O-03Captain Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia May 5, 1862 As aide_de_camp led the charge with a part of a regiment, pierced the enemy's center, silenced some of his artillery, and, getting in his rear, caused him to abandon his position.
Mitchell, Alexander H.Alexander H. Mitchell Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Capture of flag of 18th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.), in a personal encounter with the color bearer.
Mitchell, TheodoreTheodore Mitchell Army E-01Private Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of the flag of the Tennessee Brigade (C.S.A.).
Moffitt, John H.John H. Moffitt Army E-04Corporal Battle of Gaines' Mill, Virginia Jun 27, 1862 Voluntarily took up the regimental colors after several color bearers had been shot down and carried them until himself wounded.
Molbone, ArchibaldArchibald Molbone Army E-05Sergeant 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.
Framed portrait of a white man with a very long beard, neatly trimmed hair, and a dark jacket. Molloy, HughHugh Molloy Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard the USS Fort Hindman March 2, 1864 Served on board the USS Fort Hindman during the engagement near Harrisonburg, La., 2 March 1864.
Monaghan, PatrickPatrick Monaghan Army E-04Corporal Second Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Jun 17, 1864 Recapture of colors of 7th New York Heavy Artillery.
Montgomery, RobertRobert Montgomery Navy O-03Captain of the Afterguard Aboard the USS Agawam, First Battle of Fort Fisher December 23, 1864 Montgomery served on board the USS Agawam, as one of a volunteer crew of a powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864.
Moore, CharlesCharles Moore Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Marblehead Dec 25, 1863 Serving on board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December 1863, during an engagement with the enemy on John's Island.
Moore, CharlesCharles Moore Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France Jun 19, 1864 Served as seaman on board the USS Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864.
Moore, Daniel B.Daniel B. Moore Army E-04Corporal Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 At the risk of his own life saved the life of an officer who had been shot down and overpowered by superior numbers.
Moore, GeorgeGeorge Moore Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Rhode Island, loss of USS Monitor December 30, 1862 Served on board the USS Rhode Island which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862.
Moore, George G.George G. Moore Army E-01Private Battle of Fisher's Hill, Virginia Sep 22, 1864 Capture of flag
Moore, Wilbur F.Wilbur F. Moore Army E-01Private Battle of Nashville, Tenn. Dec 16, 1864 Captured flag of a Confederate battery while far in advance of the Union lines.
Moore, WilliamWilliam Moore Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Benton December 27, 1862 Serving as boatswain's mate on board the USS Benton during the attack on Hayne's Bluff, Yazoo River, 27 December 1862.
Morey, DelanoDelano Morey Army E-01Private Battle of McDowell, Virginia May 8, 1862 After the charge of the command had been repulsed, he rushed forward alone with an empty gun and captured two of the enemy's sharpshooters.
Morford, JeromeJerome Morford Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Morgan, James H.James H. Morgan Navy O-03Captain of the Top Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Morgan, LewisLewis Morgan Army E-01Private Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Capture of flag from the enemy's works.
Morgan, Richard H.Richard H. Morgan Army E-04Corporal Columbus, Georgia Apr 16, 1865 Capture of flag inside the enemy's works, contesting for its possession with its bearer.
Morrill, Walter GoodaleWalter Goodale Morrill Army O-03Captain Second Battle of Rappahannock Station, Virginia Nov 7, 1863 Learning that an assault was to be made upon the enemy's works by other troops, this officer voluntarily joined the storming party with about 50 men of his regiment, and by his dash and gallantry rendered effective service in the assault.
Morris, WilliamWilliam Morris Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 40th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).[2]
Morrison, FrancisFrancis Morrison Army E-01Private Bermuda Hundred Campaign, Virginia Jun 17, 1864 Voluntarily exposed himself to a heavy fire to bring off a wounded comrade.
Morrison, John G.John G. Morrison Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Carondelet July 15, 1862 Serving as coxswain on board the USS Carondelet, Morrison was commended for meritorious conduct in general and especially for his heroic conduct and his inspiring example to the crew in the engagement with the rebel ram Arkansas, Yazoo River, 15 July 1862.
Morse, BenjaminBenjamin Morse Army E-01Private Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Capture of colors of 4th Georgia Battery (C.S.A.)
Morse, Charles E.Charles E. Morse Army E-05Sergeant Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 5, 1864 Voluntarily rushed back into the enemy's lines, took the colors from the color sergeant, who was mortally wounded, and, although himself wounded, carried them through the fight.
Morton, Charles W.Charles W. Morton Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Benton, Yazoo River Expedition December 23, 1862 – December 27, 1862
Mostoller, John W.John W. Mostoller Army E-01Private Battle of Lynchburg, Virginia Jun 18, 1864 Voluntarily led a charge on a Confederate battery (the officers of the company being disabled) and compelled its hasty removal.
Portrait of a white man with wavy hair and a long, forked beard, wearing a suit. Mulholland, St. Clair A.St. Clair A. Mulholland Army Major Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 4, 1863 – May 5, 1863 In command of the picket line held the enemy in check all night to cover the retreat of the Army.
Mullen, PatrickPatrick Mullen Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Wyandank, Mattox Creek Mar 17, 1865 Served as boatswain's mate on board the USS Wyandank during a boat expedition up Mattox Creek, 17 March 1865.
Mullen, PatrickPatrick Mullen Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Don May 1, 1865 for saving an officer from drowning
Mundell, Walter L.Walter L. Mundell Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Munsell, Harvey M.Harvey M. Munsell Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 1, 1863 – Jul 3, 1863 Gallant and courageous conduct as color bearer. (This noncommissioned officer carried the colors of his regiment through 13 engagements.)
Murphy, Charles J.Charles J. Murphy Army O-02First Lieutenant and Quartermaster First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia Jul 21, 1861 Took a rifle and voluntarily fought with his regiment in the ranks; when the regiment was forced back, voluntarily remained on the field caring for the wounded, and was there taken prisoner.
Murphy, Daniel J.Daniel J. Murphy Army E-05Sergeant Hatchers Run, Virginia Oct 27, 1864 Capture of flag of 47th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.).
Murphy, Denis J. F.Denis J. F. Murphy Army E-05Sergeant Second Battle of Corinth, Mississippi Oct 3, 1862 Although wounded three times, carried the colors throughout the conflict.
Murphy, James T.James T. Murphy Army E-01Private Battle of Fort Stedman, Petersburg, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 A piece of artillery having been silenced by the enemy, this soldier voluntarily assisted in working the piece, conducting himself throughout the engagement in a gallant and fearless manner.
Murphy, John P.John P. Murphy Army E-01Private Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Capture of flag of 13th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).
Murphy, Michael C.Michael C. Murphy Army Lieutenant Colonel Battle of North Anna, Virginia May 24, 1864 This officer, commanding the regiment, kept it on the field exposed to the fire of the enemy for 3 hours without being able to fire one shot in return because of the ammunition being exhausted.
Murphy, PatrickPatrick Murphy Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Metacomet, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Served as boatswain's mate on board the USS Metacomet, during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Murphy, Robinson B.Robinson B. Murphy Army Musician Battle of Ezra Church, Atlanta, Georgia Jul 28, 1864 Being orderly to the brigade commander, he voluntarily led two regiments as reinforcements into line of battle, where he had his horse shot under him.
Murphy, ThomasThomas Murphy Army E-04Corporal Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 30, 1864 Capture of flag
Murphy, Thomas C.Thomas C. Murphy Army E-04Corporal Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Voluntarily crossed the line of heavy fire of Union and Confederate forces, carrying a message to stop the firing of one Union regiment on another.
Murphy, Thomas J.Thomas J. Murphy Army First Sergeant Battle of Five Forks, Virginia Apr 1, 1865 Capture of flag
Myers, George S.George S. Myers Army E-01Private Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia Sep 19, 1863 Saved the regimental colors by greatest personal devotion and bravery.
Myers, William H.William H. Myers Army E-01Private Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia Apr 9, 1865 Gallantry in action; was 5 times wounded.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Nash, Henry H.Henry H. Nash Army E-04Corporal Battle of 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.
Naylor, DavidDavid Naylor Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Oneida, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 For his actions while on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Neahr, Zachariah C.Zachariah C. Neahr Army E-01Private Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina Jan 15, 1865 Voluntarily advanced with the head of the column and cut down the palisading.
Neil, JohnJohn Neil Navy Quarter Gunner Aboard the USS Agawam, First Battle of Fort Fisher December 23, 1864 For his actions while serving on board the USS Agawam, as one of a volunteer crew of a powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864
Neville, Edwin M.Edwin M. Neville Army O-03Captain Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of the enemy flag
Head and shoulders of a man with a wide, bushy mustache wearing a dark suit coat with a pocket square. The portrait is surrounded by a circular frame and a depiction of ships at sea and an American flag. Newland, William D.William D. Newland Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard the USS Oneida, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Newland distinguished himself on board the USS Oneida for his good conduct and faithful discharge of his station, behaving splendidly under the fire of the enemy and throughout the battle which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan.
Newman, Marcellus J.Marcellus J. Newman Army E-01Private Battle of Resaca, Georgia May 14, 1864 Voluntarily returned, in the face of a severe fire from the enemy, and rescued a wounded comrade who had been left behind as the regiment fell back.
Newman, William H.William H. Newman Army Lieutenant Near Amelia Springs, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of the enemy flag
Nibbe, John H.John H. Nibbe Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Petrel April 22, 1864 Served as quartermaster on board the USS Petrel during its capture in Yazoo River, 22 April 1864.
Nichols, Henry C.Henry C. Nichols Army O-03Captain Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 Voluntarily made a reconnaissance in advance of the line held by his regiment and, under a heavy fire, obtained information of great value.
Nichols, WilliamWilliam Nichols Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Niven, RobertRobert Niven Army O-01Second Lieutenant Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Capture of 2 flags
Noble, DanielDaniel Noble Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Metacomet, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 As landsman on board the USS Metacomet, Noble served among 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 enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Nolan, John J.John J. Nolan Army E-05Sergeant Georgia Landing, La. Oct 27, 1862 Although prostrated by a cannon shot, refused to give up the flag which he was carrying as color bearer of his regiment and continued to carry it at the head of the regiment throughout the engagement.
Noll, ConradConrad Noll Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Seized the colors, the color bearer having been shot down, and gallantly fought his way out with them, though the enemy were on the left flank and rear.
North, Jasper N.Jasper N. North Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Norton, Elliott M.Elliott M. Norton Army O-01Second Lieutenant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Rushed ahead of his column and captured the flag of the 44th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.).
Norton, John R.John R. Norton Army Lieutenant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of the enemy flag
Norton, Llewellyn P.Llewellyn P. Norton Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Charged the enemy and, with the assistance of Corporal Bringle, captured a fieldpiece with 2 prisoners.
Noyes, William W.William W. Noyes Army E-01Private Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864 Standing upon the top of the breastworks, deliberately took aim and fired no less than 15 shots into the enemy's lines, but a few yards away.
Nugent, ChristopherChristopher Nugent Marine Corps Orderly Sergeant Aboard the USS Fort Henry June 15, 1863 For his actions while serving on board the USS Fort Henry, Crystal River, Fla., 15 June 1863.
Nutting, LeeLee Nutting Army O-03Captain Todd's Tavern, Virginia May 8, 1864 Led the regiment in charge at a critical moment under a murderous fire until he fell desperately wounded.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
OBeirne, James R.James R. O'Beirne Army O-03Captain Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia May 31, 1862 – Jun 1, 1862 Gallantly maintained the line of battle until ordered to fall back.
OBrien, Henry D.Henry D. O'Brien Army E-04Corporal Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 3, 1863 Taking up the colors where they had fallen, he rushed ahead of his regiment, close to the muzzles of the enemy's guns, and engaged in the desperate struggle in which the enemy was defeated, and though severely wounded, he held the colors until wounded a second time.
OBrien, OliverOliver O'Brien Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS John Adams November 28, 1864 Served as coxswain on board the U.S. Sloop John Adams, Sullvan's Island Channel, 28 November 1864. Taking part in the boarding of the blockade runner Beatrice while under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie, O'Brien, who was in charge of one of the boarding launches, carried out his duties with prompt and energetic conduct. This action resulted in the firing of the Beatrice and the capture of a quantity of supplies from her.
OBrien, PeterPeter O'Brien Army E-01Private Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia Mar 2, 1865 Capture of flag and of a Confederate officer with his horse and equipment
OConnell, ThomasThomas O'Connell Navy Coal Heaver Aboard the USS Hartford, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship USS Hartford, during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.
OConnor, AlbertAlbert O'Connor Army E-05Sergeant Gravelly Run, Virginia Mar 31, 1865 – Apr 1, 1865 On 31 March 1865, with a comrade, recaptured a Union officer from a detachment of 9 Confederates, capturing 3 of the detachment and dispersing the remainder, and on 1 April 1865, seized a stand of Confederate colors, killing a Confederate officer in a hand_to_hand contest over the colors and retaining the colors until surrounded by Confederates and compelled to relinquish them.
OConnor, TimothyTimothy O'Connor Army E-01Private Unknown Unknown Date and place of act not of record in War Department.
ODea, JohnJohn O'Dea Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party
ODonnell, MenomenMenomen O'Donnell Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Fort DeRussey, La. May 22, 1863 and Mar 14, 1864 Voluntarily joined the color guard in the assault on the enemy's works when he saw indications of wavering and caused the colors of his regiment to be planted on the parapet. Voluntarily placed himself in the ranks of an assaulting column (being then on staff duty) and rode with it into the enemy's works, being the only mounted officer present, was twice wounded in battle.
ODonoghue, TimothyTimothy O'Donoghue Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Signal, Red River Campaign May 5, 1864 Served as boatswain's mate on board the USS Signal, Red River, 5 May 1864.
Oliver, CharlesCharles Oliver Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Fort Stedman, Petersburg, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 Capture of flag of 31st Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Oliver, Paul A.Paul A. Oliver Army O-03Captain Battle of Resaca, Georgia May 15, 1864 While acting as aide assisted in preventing a disaster caused by Union troops firing into each other
ONeill, StephenStephen O'Neill Army E-04Corporal Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 1, 1863 Took up the colors from the hands of the color bearer who had been shot down and bore them through the remainder of the battle.
Opel, John N.John N. Opel Army E-01Private Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 5, 1864 Capture of flag of 50th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Orbansky, DavidDavid Orbansky Army E-01Private Shiloh, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Mississippi, etc. 1862 – 1863 Gallantry in actions.
Orr, Charles A.Charles A. Orr Army E-01Private Battle of Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, Virginia Oct 27, 1864 This soldier and two others, voluntarily and under fire, rescued several wounded and helpless soldiers.
Orr, Robert L.Robert L. Orr Army Major Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Carried the colors at the head of the column in the assault after two color bearers had been shot down.
Ortega, JohnJohn Ortega Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Saratoga December 31, 1864 Served as seaman during actions on 2 occasions. Carrying out his duties courageously during these actions, Ortega conducted himself gallantly through both periods. Promoted to acting master's mate.
Orth, Jacob G.Jacob G. Orth Army E-04Corporal Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Capture of flag of 7th South Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.), in hand_to_hand encounter, although he was wounded in the shoulder.
Osborne, William H.William H. Osborne Army E-01Private Battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia Jul 1, 1862 Although wounded and carried to the rear, he secured a rifle and voluntarily returned to the front, where, failing to find his own regiment, he joined another and fought with it until again severely wounded and taken prisoner.
Oss, AlbertAlbert Oss Army E-01Private Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia May 3, 1863 Remained in the rifle pits after the others had retreated, firing constantly, and contesting the ground step by step.
Overturf, Jacob H.Jacob H. Overturf Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Oviatt, Miles M.Miles M. Oviatt Marine Corps E-04Corporal Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 For actions against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Packard, Loron F.Loron F. Packard Army E-01Private Raccoon Ford, Virginia November 27, 1863 After his command had retreated, this soldier, voluntarily and alone, returned to the assistance of a comrade and rescued him from the hands of 3 armed Confederates.
Palmer, George H.George H. Palmer Army Musician Lexington, Mo. September 20, 1861 Volunteered to fight in the trenches and also led a charge which resulted in the recapture of a Union hospital, together with Confederate sharpshooters then occupying the same.
Palmer, John G.John G. Palmer Army E-04Corporal Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Dec 13, 1862 First of 6 men who volunteered to assist gunner of a battery upon which the enemy was concentrating its fire, and fought with the battery until the close of the engagement. His commanding officer felt he would never see this man alive again.
Palmer, William J.William J. Palmer Army Colonel Red Hill, Ala. Jan 14, 1865 Attacked and defeated a superior force of the enemy without losing a man.
Photo of Thomas Parker taken after the Civil War Parker, ThomasThomas Parker Army E-04Corporal Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia and Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 and Apr 6, 1865 Planted the first color on the enemy's works. Carried the regimental colors over the creek after the regiment had broken and been repulsed.
Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Navy O-03Captain of the Afterguard Aboard the USS Cayuga, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 – April 25, 1862 At the wheel on board the USS Cayuga during the capture of Forts St. Philip and Jackson, and New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862.
Parks, GeorgeGeorge Parks Navy O-03Captain of the Forecastle Aboard the USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Parks, Henry J.Henry J. Parks Army E-01Private Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia Oct 19, 1864 While alone and in advance of his unit and attempting to cut off the retreat of a supply wagon, he fought and sent to flight a Confederate color bearer. After capturing the color bearer and leaving him in the rear, he returned to the front and captured 3 more wagons and drivers.
Parks, James W.James W. Parks Army E-04Corporal Battle of Nashville, Tenn. Dec 16, 1864 Capture of flag
A white man with dark hair and a thin mustache sitting on a chair, his hands resting on his leg. He is wearing a military jacket and overcoat. Parrott, JacobJacob Parrott Army E-01Private Great Locomotive Chase, Georgia Apr 1862 First Medal of Honor recipient.
Parsons, JoelJoel Parsons Army E-01Private Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Patterson, John H.John H. Patterson Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia May 5, 1864 Under the heavy fire of the advancing enemy, picked up and carried several hundred yards to a place of safety a wounded officer of his regiment who was helpless and would otherwise have been burned in the forest.
Patterson, John T.John T. Patterson Army Principal Musician Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia Jun 14, 1863 With one companion, voluntarily went in front of the Union line, under a heavy fire from the enemy, and carried back a helpless wounded comrade, thus saving him from death or capture.
Paul, William H.William H. Paul Army E-01Private Battle of Antietam, Maryland Sep 17, 1862 Under a most withering and concentrated fire, voluntarily picked up the colors of his regiment, when the bearer and 2 of the color guard had been killed, and bore them aloft throughout the entire battle.
Pay, Byron E.Byron E. Pay Army E-01Private Nolensville, Tenn. 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.
Payne, Irvin C.Irvin C. Payne Army E-04Corporal Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of Virginia State colors.
Payne, Thomas H. L.Thomas H. L. Payne Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 While acting regimental quartermaster, learning of an expected assault, requested assignment to a company that had no commissioned officers present; was so assigned, and was one of the first to lead his men into the enemy's works.
Pearsall, PlattPlatt Pearsall Army E-04Corporal Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi May 22, 1863 Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
Pearson, Alfred L.Alfred L. Pearson Army Colonel Battle of Lewis's Farm, Virginia Mar 29, 1865 Seeing a brigade forced back by the enemy, he seized his regimental color, called on his men to follow him, and advanced upon the enemy under a severe fire. The whole brigade took up the advance, the lost ground was regained, and the enemy was repulsed.
Pease, JoachimJoachim Pease Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served as seaman on board the USS Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864.
Peck, CassiusCassius Peck Army E-01Private Near Blackburn's Ford, Virginia Sep 19, 1862 Took command of such soldiers as he could get and attacked and captured a Confederate battery of 4 guns. Also, while on a reconnaissance, overtook and captured a Confederate soldier.
Peck, Oscar E.Oscar E. Peck Navy Second Class Boy Aboard the USS Varuna, Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 24, 1862 Peck served as second_class boy on board the Varuna during an attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862.
Theodore Safford Peck 3.jpg Peck, Theodore S.Theodore S. Peck 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 bay and covered the retreat of the garrison.
Peirsol, James K.James K. Peirsol Army E-05Sergeant Paines Crossroads, Virginia Apr 5, 1865 Capture of flag
Portrait of a white man with a mustache and thinning hair, wearing a jacket with two medals pinned to the left breast. The portrait is in a shield-shaped frame next to a sketch of an American flag. Pelham, WilliamWilliam Pelham Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Hartford, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship USS Hartford during successful actions against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Head and shoulders of a white man with dark hair and a mustache, wearing a double-breasted military jacket with fringed shoulder boards. Pennypacker, GalushaGalusha Pennypacker Army Colonel Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina Jan 15, 1865 Gallantly led the charge over a traverse and planted the colors of one of his regiments thereon, was severely wounded.
Pentzer, Patrick H.Patrick H. Pentzer Army O-03Captain Battle of Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr 9, 1865 Among the first to enter the enemy's entrenchments, he received the surrender of a Confederate general officer and his headquarters flag.
Perry, ThomasThomas Perry Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 Served as boatswain's mate on board the USS Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864.
Pesch, JosephJoseph Pesch Army E-01Private Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi Apr 28, 1863 – Apr 29, 1863 With 2 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, although the steamer became unmanageable and was exposed for some time to a heavy fire from the enemy.
Peters, Henry C.Henry C. Peters Army E-01Private Battle of 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
Peterson, AlfredAlfred Peterson Navy Seaman Aboard the USS Commodore Perry October 3, 1862 On board the USS Commodore Perry in the attack upon Franklin, Virginia, 3 October 1862.
Petty, PhilipPhilip Petty Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia Dec 13, 1862 Took up the colors as they fell out of the hands of the wounded color bearer and carried them forward in the charge.
Phelps, Charles E.Charles E. Phelps Army Colonel Laurel Hill, Virginia May 8, 1864 Rode to the head of the assaulting column, then much broken by severe losses and faltering under the close fire of artillery, placed himself conspicuously in front of the troops, and gallantly rallied and led them to within a few feet of the enemy's works, where he was severely wounded and captured.
Phillips, JosiahJosiah Phillips Army E-01Private Battle of Sutherland's Station, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 Capture of flag
Phinney, WilliamWilliam Phinney Navy Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Lackawanna, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram, Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Phisterer, FrederickFrederick Phisterer Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dec 31, 1862 Voluntarily conveyed, under a heavy fire, information to the commander of a battalion of regular troops by which the battalion was saved from capture or annihilation.
Pickle, Alonzo H.Alonzo H. Pickle Army E-05Sergeant Deep Bottom, Virginia Aug 14, 1864 At the risk of his life, voluntarily went to the assistance of a wounded officer lying close to the enemy's lines and, under fire carried him to a place of safety.
Pike, Edward M.Edward M. Pike Army First Sergeant Battle of Cotton Plant, Ark. Jul 7, 1862 While the troops were falling back before a superior force, this soldier, assisted by one companion, and while under severe fire at close range, saved a cannon from capture by the enemy.
Head and shoulders of a white man with bushy sideburns connecting to a mustache, wearing a suit coat and bow tie. Pingree, Samuel E.Samuel E. Pingree Army O-03Captain Battle of Lee's Mills, Virginia Apr 16, 1862 Gallantly led his company across a wide, deep creek, drove the enemy from the rifle pits, which were within 2 yards of the farther bank, and remained at the head of his men until a second time severely wounded.
Pinkham, Charles H.Charles H. Pinkham Army E-05Sergeant Major Battle of Fort Stedman, Virginia Mar 25, 1865 Captured the flag of the 57th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.) and saved his own colors by tearing them from the staff while the enemy was in the camp.
Head and shoulders of a balding black man with a goatee, wearing a suit coat, vest, and bow tie. On the jacket's left breast is a row of three medals. Pinn, RobertRobert Pinn Army First Sergeant Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Sep 29, 1864 Took command of his company after all the officers had been killed or wounded and gallantly led it in battle.
Pipes, JamesJames Pipes Army O-03Captain Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. and Second Battle of Ream's Station, Virginia Jul 2, 1863 and Aug 25, 1864 While a sergeant and retiring with his company before the rapid advance of the enemy at Gettysburg, he and a companion stopped and carried to a place of safety a wounded and helpless comrade; in this act both he and his companion were severely wounded. A year later, at Reams Station, Virginia, while commanding a skirmish line, voluntarily assisted in checking a flank movement of the enemy, and while so doing was severely wounded, suffering the loss of an arm.
Pitman, George J.George J. Pitman Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of the Sumter Heavy Artillery (C.S.A.).
Head of a balding white man with a goatee, wearing a suit coat and tie. Pittenger, WilliamWilliam Pittenger Army E-05Sergeant Great Locomotive Chase, Georgia Apr 1862 Fifth person to receive Medal of Honor
Plant, Henry E.Henry E. Plant Army E-04Corporal Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina Mar 19, 1865 Rushed into the midst of the enemy and rescued the colors, the color bearer having fallen mortally wounded.
Platt, George C.George C. Platt Army E-01Private Battle of Fairfield, Pa. Jul 3, 1863 Seized the regimental flag upon the death of the standard bearer in a hand-to-hand fight and prevented it from falling into the hands of the enemy.
Plimley, WilliamWilliam Plimley Army O-02First Lieutenant Hatcher's Run, Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Apr 2, 1865 While acting as aide to a general officer, voluntarily accompanied a regiment in an assault on the enemy's works and acted as leader of the movement which resulted in the rout of the enemy and the capture of a large number of prisoners.
Plowman, George H.George H. Plowman Army E-05Sergeant Major Second Battle of Petersburg, Virginia Jun 17, 1864 Recaptured the colors of the 2d Pennsylvania Provisional Artillery.
Plunkett, ThomasThomas Plunkett Army E-05Sergeant Fredericksburg, Virginia December 11, 1862 Seized the colors of his regiment, the color bearer having been shot down, and bore them to the front where both his arms were carried off by a shell.
Pond, George F.George F. Pond Army E-01Private Drywood, Kansas May 15, 1864 With 2 companions, attacked a greatly superior force of guerrillas, routed them, and rescued several prisoners.
Pond, JamesJames Pond Army O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Baxter Springs, Kans. Oct 6, 1863 While in command of 2 companies of Cavalry, was surprised and attacked by several times his own number of guerrillas, but gallantly rallied his men, and after a severe struggle drove the enemy outside the fortifications. 1st Lt. Pond then went outside the works and, alone and unaided, fired a howitzer 3 times, throwing the enemy into confusion and causing him to retire.
Poole, William B.William B. Poole Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France June 19, 1864 He was serving as a Quartermaster on the sloop of war USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry under fire exhibited while steering the ship.
Porter, AmbroseAmbrose Porter Army Commissary Sergeant Tallahatchie River, Mississippi Aug 7, 1864 Was 1 of 4 volunteers who swam the river under a brisk fire of the enemy's sharpshooters and brought over a ferry boat by means of which the troops crossed and dislodged the enemy from a strong position.
A white man with a Van Dyke beard and mustache sitting in a chair, wearing a baggy double-breasted military jacket. Porter, HoraceHorace Porter Army O-03Captain Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia Sep 20, 1863 While acting as a volunteer aide, at a critical moment when the lines were broken, rallied enough fugitives to hold the ground under heavy fire long enough to effect the escape of wagon trains and batteries.
Head and torso of a young white man wearing a full military uniform, including a cap, straps crossing his chest, and a rifle leaning against his right shoulder. Porter, John R.John R. Porter Army E-01Private 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, Georgia, in an attepmt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Porter, WilliamWilliam Porter Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia Apr 6, 1865 Among the first to check the enemy's countercharge.
Post, Philip S.Philip S. Post Army Colonel Battle of Nashville, Tenn. Dec 15, 1864 – Dec 16, 1864 Led his brigade in an attack on a strong position under intense fire. Later a U.S. Representative for Illinois.
Postles, James P.James P. Postles Army O-03Captain Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 2, 1863 Voluntarily delivered an order in the face of heavy fire of the enemy.
Potter, George W.George W. Potter Army E-01Private 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.
Potter, Norman F.Norman F. Potter Army First Sergeant Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Nov 24, 1863 Capture of flag (Bragg's army).
Powell, William HenryWilliam Henry Powell Army Major Sinking Creek Valley, Virginia Nov 26, 1862 Distinguished services in raid, where with 20 men, he charged and captured the enemy's camp, 500 strong, without the loss of man or gun.
Power, AlbertAlbert Power Army E-01Private Battle of Pea Ridge, Ark. Mar 7, 1862 Under a heavy fire and at great personal risk went to the aid of a dismounted comrade who was surrounded by the enemy, took him up on his own horse, and carried him to a place of safety.
Powers, Wesley J.Wesley J. Powers Army E-04Corporal Oostanaula, Georgia Apr 3, 1865 Voluntarily swam the river under heavy fire and secured a ferryboat, by means of which the command crossed.
Prance, GeorgeGeorge Prance Navy O-03Captain of the Main Top Aboard the USS Ticonderoga, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher Dec 1864 – Jan 1865 On board the USS Ticonderoga during attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13 to 15 January 1865.
Prentice, Joseph R.Joseph R. Prentice Army E-01Private Battle of Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dec 31, 1862 Voluntarily rescued the body of his commanding officer, who had fallen mortally wounded. He brought off the field his mortally wounded leader under direct and constant rifle fire.
Preston, JohnJohn Preston Navy Landsman Aboard the USS Oneida, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Served on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Preston, Noble D.Noble D. Preston Army O-02First Lieutenant and Commissary Battle of Trevilian Station, Virginia Jun 11, 1864 Voluntarily led a charge in which he was severely wounded.
Price, EdwardEdward Price Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay.
Province, GeorgeGeorge Province Navy Ordinary Seaman Aboard the USS Santiago de Cuba, Second Battle of Fort Fisher Jan 15, 1865 On board the USS Santiago de Cuba during the assault on Fort Fisher.
Purcell, Hiram W.Hiram W. Purcell Army E-05Sergeant Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia May 31, 1862 While carrying the regimental colors on the retreat he returned to face the advancing enemy, flag in hand, and saved the other colors, which would otherwise have been captured.
Purman, James J.James J. Purman Army Lieutenant Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Jul 2, 1863 Voluntarily assisted a wounded comrade to a place of apparent safety while the enemy were in close proximity; he received the fire of the enemy and a wound which resulted in the amputation of his left leg.
Putnam, Edgar P.Edgar P. Putnam Army E-05Sergeant Crumps Creek, Virginia May 27, 1864 With a small force on a reconnaissance drove off a strong body of the enemy, charged into another force of the enemy's cavalry and stampeded them, taking 27 prisoners.
Putnam, Winthrop D.Winthrop D. Putnam Army E-04Corporal 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.
Pyne, GeorgeGeorge Pyne Navy Seaman USS Magnolia Landing Party, Battle of Natural Bridge Mar 5, 1865 – Mar 6, 1865 Served as a seaman on board the USS Magnolia, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March 1865.

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  1. ^ Defense link Medal of Honor history
  2. ^ "William Powers Morris". MilitaryTimes Hall of Valor. Gannett Government Media. Retrieved December 31, 2013.