Peter M. Boehm
|Peter M. Boehm|
February 10, 1845|
|Died||June 4, 1914(aged 69)|
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1858 - 1865, 1866 - 1878|
|Unit||Company K, 15th New York Cavalry|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Dinwiddie Court House|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Peter Martin Boehm (February 10, 1845 to June 4, 1914) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Boehm received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House in Virginia on 31 March 1865. He was honored with the award on 15 December 1898.
Boehm was born in New York, and joined the Army in July 1858. He was promoted to second lieutenant in the 15th New York Cavalry in March 1865. It was during this time that he performed the act of gallantry that would earn him the Medal of Honor. On 31 March 1865 Boehm, as aide-de-camp to General Custer, was involved in the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House in Virginia. On seeing a line of men being forced back by the enemy's assault, Boehm took the flag from the color bearer and mustered the line of men into action, eventually beating back the enemy's assault.
Medal of Honor citation
While acting as aide to General Custer, took a flag from the hands of color bearer, rode in front of a line that was being driven back and, under a heavy fire, rallied the men, re-formed the line, and repulsed the charge.