James E. Cross

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James E. Cross
Born (1840-03-27)March 27, 1840
Darien, New York
Died January 6, 1917(1917-01-06) (aged 76)
Albany, New York
Buried Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Company K, 12th New York Infantry
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal James Edwin Cross (March 27, 1840 - January 6, 1917) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Cross received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at Blackburn's Ford in Virginia on 18 July 1861. He was honored with the award on 5 April 1898.[1][2]


Cross was born in Darien, New York on 27 March 1840. He enlisted in the 12th New York Volunteer Infantry. He died on 6 January 1917 and his remains are interred at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

With a companion, refused to retreat when the part of the regiment to which he was attached was driven back in disorder, but remained upon the skirmish line for some time thereafter, firing upon the enemy.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "James Edwin Cross". Retrieved 4 November 2013.