Charles E. Capehart

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Charles E. Capehart
Born 1833
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died 1911 (aged 77–78)
Washington D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Union Army LTC rank insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held West Virginia 1st West Virginia Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Gettysburg
 • Fight at Monterey Pass
Awards Medal of Honor

Charles E. Capehart (1833–1911) was an officer in the U.S. Cavalry during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for action following the Battle of Gettysburg on July 4, 1863.

Military service[edit]

Capehart enlisted in the Union Army and was commissioned captain and placed in command of Company A, 1st West Virginia Cavalry. He was subsequently promoted to major of the regiment. Major Capehart assumed command of the 1st West Virginia during the Battle of Gettysburg when Colonel Nathaniel Richmond was promoted to brigade commander. On July 4, 1863 Capehart's regiment, in a daring midnight charge down a mountainside during a thunderstorm, attacked and captured a retreating Confederate wagon train. This act would lead to the awarding of the Medal of Honor.

Capehart was later promoted to lieutenant colonel. His brother, General Henry Capehart was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Civil War.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major Charles E. Capehart, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 4 July 1863, while serving with 1st West Virginia Cavalry, in action at Monterey Mountain, Pennsylvania. While commanding the regiment, Major Capehart charged down the mountain side at midnight, in a heavy rain, upon the enemy's fleeing wagon train. Many wagons were captured and destroyed and many prisoners taken.

Date of Issue: April 7, 1898

Action Date: July 4, 1863

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