James E. Croft
|James E. Croft|
November 13, 1833|
|Died||May 26, 1914(aged 80)|
|Place of burial||Oak Hill Cemetery Janesville, Wisconsin|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1862 - 1865|
|Unit||12th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Croft was born in England November 13, 1833. He joined the 12th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery from Janesville, Wisconsin in August 1862, and mustered out in June 1865.  Croft died at age 80 and was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Janesville. His grave can be found in block 99, lot 7, grave 1.
Medal of Honor citation
For extraordinary heroism on 5 October 1864, while serving with Battery 12, Wisconsin Light Artillery, in action at Allatoona, Georgia. Private Croft took the place of a gunner who had been shot down and inspired his comrades by his bravery and effective gunnery, which contributed largely to the defeat of the enemy.