Edward R. Hanford

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Edward R. Hanford
Born 1845
Allegany County, New York
Died 1890 (aged 44–45)
Place of burial Mokelumne Hill Protestant Cemetery, Mokelumne Hill, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit 2nd Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Tom's Brook
Awards Medal of Honor

Edward R. Hanford (1845–1890) was a private in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, Company H, during the American Civil War.[1] Born in Allegany County, New York, in 1845, Hanford captured the battle flag of the 32nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America at the Battle of Tom's Brook, Woodstock, Virginia, on 9 October 1864.[1][2][3] The Union charge, led by generals Wesley Merritt and George Armstrong Custer, successfully forced the Confederates to retreat 10 miles (16 km) southward of Woodstock.[4] Hanford received the Medal of Honor on 14 October 1864 for capturing the Confederate battle flag during the charge and for demonstrating "extraordinary heroism".[2] Hanford died in California in 1890 and was buried in the Mokelumne Hill Protestant Cemetery of Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients - (A-L)". U.S. Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Edward R. Hanford". Military Times. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Wert, Jeffry D. (1989). From Winchester to Cedar Creek: The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864. Simon and Schuster. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-671-67806-7. 
  4. ^ "2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Edward R. Hanford". Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved 25 December 2010.