John H. Harbourne

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John H. Harbourne
Born September 9, 1840
Died November 29, 1928
Buried Fernwood, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1864
Rank Private
Unit Massachusetts 29th Massachusetts Infantry
Battles/wars Second Battle of Petersburg
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

John H. Harbourne (September 9, 1840 - November 29, 1928) was an English born American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Harbourne received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Harbourne's medal was won for his actions during the Second Battle of Petersburg on June 17, 1864.[1] He was honored with the award on February 24, 1897.[2]

Harbourne was born in England, and immigrated with his family to the US in 1850. He joined the Army from Readville, Massachusetts in May 1864, and was discharged due to disability only four months later. He was later buried in Fernwood, Pennsylvania.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John H. Harbourne, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 17 June 1864, while serving with Company K, 29th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at Petersburg, Virginia, for capture of flag along with three enemy men.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "John H. Harbourne". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Civil War (G-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Find a Grave