Frederick A. Lyon

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Frederick A. Lyon
Born (1843-06-25)June 25, 1843
Williamsburg, Massachusetts
Died September 23, 1911(1911-09-23) (aged 68)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 1st Vermont Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Frederick A. Lyon (June 25, 1843 – September 23, 1911) was a soldier in the Union Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the American Civil War.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: corporal, Company A, 1st Vermont Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864. Entered service at: Burlington, Vt. Born: June 25, 1843, Williamsburg, Mass. Date of issue: November 26, 1864.


With 1 companion, captured the flag of a Confederate regiment, 3 officers, and an ambulance with its mules and driver.

The companion mentioned in his citation was private James Sweeney, who also received the Medal of Honor. One of the captured officers was the mortally wounded general Stephen Dodson Ramseur, who died the next day.

Lyon was sent to Washington, D.C. with the captured Confederate battle flag. He was personally introduced to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton by General George Custer. Stanton personally presented the Medal of Honor to Lyon, who was also promoted to sergeant.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

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