James M. Cumpston

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James M. Cumpston
Born 1837
Gallia County, Ohio
Died May 24, 1888(1888-05-24)
Place of burial Coalton Cemetery, Coalton, Ohio
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Private
Unit 91st Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Valley Campaigns of 1864
Awards Medal of Honor

James M. Cumpston (1837 – May 24, 1888) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Valley Campaigns of 1864. Although his military records are under Cumpston, his surname is correctly spelled Compston.

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“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private James M. Cumpston, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism from August to November, 1864, while serving with Company D, 91st Ohio Infantry, in action in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Virginia, for capture of flag.”

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