Julius H. Stickoffer

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Julius H. Stickoffer
Born 1845
Died September 23, 1925(1925-09-23) (aged 80)
Yountville, California, United States
Place of burial Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service c. 1868–1870
Rank Saddler
Unit 8th U.S. Cavalry
Battles/wars Indian Wars
Black Hawk War
Awards Medal of Honor

Julius Henry Stickoffer (1845 – September 3, 1925) was a Swiss-born American soldier in the U.S. Army who served as a saddler with the 8th U.S. Cavalry during the Black Hawk War. Stickoffer was cited for gallantry in action against hostile Indians at Cienaga Springs in the Utah Territory on November 11, 1868, for which he received the Medal of Honor two years later. He was the only member of the United States armed forces to win the award during the seven-year conflict.


Julius Henry Stickoffer was born in Switzerland in 1845, and later emigrated to the United States where he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there that he enlisted in the United States Army in the mid-1860s and assigned to Company L of the 8th U.S. Cavalry Regiment as a saddler.[1][2] Sent to the Utah Territory for frontier duty, he took part in campaigns against the Ute, Paiute and Navajo tribes under led the Ute chieftain Antonga Black Hawk. On November 11, 1868, he and members of the 8th U.S. Cavalry battled the Indians at Cienaga Springs. Stickoffer won distinction during the fight and was awarded the Medal of Honor[1][3][4][5][6] for "gallantry in action" on March 3, 1870.[2][7][8] He was the only one to receive the award during the U.S. Army's entire Indian campaign in Utah. After his discharge from the military, Stickoffer retired to Yountville, California where he lived until his death on September 3, 1925, at the age of 80. He is one of three MOH winners, along with Sergeants Joseph Leonard and John Moriarity, buried at Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery.[9]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Saddler, Company L, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cienaga Springs, Utah, 11 November 1868. Entered service at:--. Birth: Switzerland. Date of issue: 3 March 1870.


Gallantry in action.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Beyer, Walter F. and Oscar Frederick Keydel, ed. Deeds of Valor: From Records in the Archives of the United States Government; how American Heroes Won the Medal of Honor; History of Our Recent Wars and Explorations, from Personal Reminiscences and Records of Officers and Enlisted Men who Were Rewarded by Congress for Most Conspicuous Acts of Bravery on the Battle-field, on the High Seas and in Arctic Explorations. Vol. 2. Detroit: Perrien-Keydel Company, 1906. (pg. 553)
  2. ^ a b Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Medal of Honor recipients, 1863-1978, 96th Cong., 1st sess. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1979. (pg. 316, 1067)
  3. ^ Manning, Robert, ed. Above and Beyond: A History of the Medal of Honor from the Civil War to Vietnam. Boston: Boston Publishing Company, 1985. (pg. 327) ISBN 0-939526-19-0
  4. ^ Hannings, Bud. A Portrait of the Stars and Stripes. Glenside, Pennsylvania: Seniram Publishing, 1988. (pg. 400) ISBN 0-922564-00-0
  5. ^ O'Neal, Bill. Fighting Men of the Indian Wars: A Biographical Encyclopedia of the Mountain Men, Soldiers, Cowboys, and Pioneers Who Took Up Arms During America's Westward Expansion. Stillwater, Oklahoma: Barbed Wire Press, 1991. (pg. 25) ISBN 0-935269-07-X
  6. ^ Yenne, Bill. Indian Wars: The Campaign for the American West. Yardley, Pennsylvania: Westholme Publishing, 2006. (pg. 140) ISBN 1-59416-016-3
  7. ^ Sterner, C. Douglas (1999). "MOH Citation for Julius H. Stickoffer". MOH Recipients: Indian Campaigns. HomeofHeroes.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Army Times Publishing Company. "Military Times Hall of Valor: Julius Henry Stickoffer". Awards and Citations: Medal of Honor. MilitaryTimes.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Sterner, C. Douglas (1999). "Photo of Grave site of MOH Recipient Julius Henry Stickoffer". Medal of Honor Recipient Gravesites In The State of. HomeofHeroes.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". Indian War Campaigns. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 

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