John Shanes

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John Shanes
Born (1844-07-23)July 23, 1844
Monongalia County, West Virginia
Died January 26, 1904(1904-01-26) (aged 59)
Brave, Pennsylvania
Place of burial Lantz Cemetery, Brave, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit 14th West Virginia Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Rutherford's Farm
Awards Medal of Honor

John Shanes (July 23, 1844 – January 26, 1904) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Rutherford's Farm near Winchester, Virginia on July 20, 1864.

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 Shanes, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 20 July 1864, while serving with Company K, 14th West Virginia Infantry, in action at Carter's Farm, Virginia. Private Shanes charged upon a Confederate field piece in advance of his comrades and by his individual exertions silenced the piece.”

This photograph, taken ~1900, shows John Shanes wearing his Medal of Honor

See also[edit]


"John Shanes". Hall of Valor. Military Times. 

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