James A. Campbell (Medal of Honor)

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James A. Campbell
Born (1844-12-20)December 20, 1844
New York, New York
Died May 6, 1904(1904-05-06) (aged 59)
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Private
Unit New York (state) Company A, 2nd New York Cavalry
Awards Medal of Honor

Private James A. Campbell (December 20, 1844 to May 6, 1904) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Campbell received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at Woodstock in Virginia on 22 January 1865 and at Amelia Courthouse in Virginia on 5 April 1865. He was honored with the award on 30 October 1897.[1][2]


Campbell was born in New York, New York on 20 December 1844 and enlisted into the 2nd New York Cavalry. He died on 6 May 1904 and his remains are interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia[2] along with his wife Martha Spence Campbell.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

While his command was retreating before superior numbers at Woodstock, Virginia, he voluntarily rushed back with one companion and rescued his commanding officer, who had been unhorsed and left behind. At Amelia Courthouse captured 2 battle flags.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "James A. Campbell". Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "James A. Campbell". Retrieved 20 October 2013.