James E. Croft

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For the Irish politician, see James Croft.
James E. Croft
Born (1833-11-13)November 13, 1833
Died May 26, 1914(1914-05-26) (aged 80)
Place of burial Oak Hill Cemetery Janesville, Wisconsin
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Corporal
Unit 12th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery

American Civil War

Awards Medal of Honor

James E. Croft (November 13, 1833 – May 26, 1914) was a soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Allatoona.

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. [1] 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.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]


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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Battery Roster
  2. ^ "James E. Croft". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-08-24.