Edward N. Whittier

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Edward N. Whittier
Born (1840-07-01)July 1, 1840
Portland, Maine
Died June 14, 1902(1902-06-14) (aged 61)
Place of burial Pierce Cemetery, Cumberland County, Maine
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Union Army
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
Unit Maine 5th Battery Maine Light Artillery
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Fisher's Hill
Awards Medal of Honor

Edward Newton Whittier (July 1, 1840 – June 14, 1902) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Fisher's Hill near Strasburg, Virginia fought September 21–22, 1864. The battle was one of the engagements of the Valley Campaigns of 1864.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Edward Newton Whittier, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 22 September 1864, while serving with Battery 5, Maine Light Artillery, in action at Fisher's Hill, Virginia. While acting as assistant adjutant general, Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, First Lieutenant Whittier went over the enemy's works, mounted, with the assaulting column, to gain quicker possession of the guns and to turn them upon the enemy.”

Whittier was later promoted to the rank of captain.

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