September 4, 1840|
Hawkins County, Tennessee
|Died||September 12, 1906(aged 66)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America
||United States Army
|Years of service||1862 - 1865, 1866 - 1892|
Brevet Lieutenant Colonel
|Unit||Company D, 4th East Tennessee Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Lawson joined the 4th (East) Tennessee Infantry in December 1862, and mustered out with this regiment in August 1865. He was commissioned in the regular army in July 1866, and retired in September 1892.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company D, 4th East Tennessee Infantry. Place and date: At Minville, Tenn., October 3, 1863. Entered service at: Tennessee. Born: 1841, Hawkins County, Tenn. Date of issue: June 11, 1895.
Went to the aid of a wounded comrade between the lines and carried him to a place of safety.
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- ""GAINES LAWSON" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
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