James Madison (Medal of Honor)

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James Madison
Nickname(s) A.K.A. James Congdon
Born 1842
Niagara, New York
Died August 7, 1926 (aged 83–84)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company E, 8th New York Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

James Madison (1842 - August 7, 1926) was a Sergeant in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the American Civil War. "James Madison" was an alias, his true name was James Congdon.

Congdon enlisted in the Army from Fairport, New York in October 1861, but was discharged for disability in January 1862. Despite this, he re-enlisted in May 1862, and fought at the Battle of Culpeper Court House, where he was wounded. He mustered out with his regiment in June 1865. [1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization. Sergeant, Company E, 8th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Waynesboro, Virginia, March 2, 1865. Entered service at: Fairport, New York. Birth: Niagara, New York. Date of issue: March 26, 1865.


Recapture of Gen. Crook's headquarters flag.[2]

See also[edit]


  • Enlisted under the name of James Congdon.


  1. ^ Regimental roster
  2. ^ "James Madison". Medal of Honor recipients: Civil War (M-Z). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved 2007-01-01. 
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