List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Third Battle of Winchester

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The Third Battle of Winchester or Battle of Opequon, was fought in Winchester, Virginia, on September 19, 1864, during the Valley Campaigns of 1864 in the American Civil War. Fourteen Union Army enlisted men and one officer were awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the battle.

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.[1]


Image Name Rank Unit
Bowen, Chester B.Chester B. Bowen Corporal 1st New York Dragoons
Cole, GabrielGabriel Cole Corporal 5th Michigan Cavalry
Downs, Henry W.Henry W. Downs Sergeant 8th Vermont Infantry
Fox, Henry M.Henry M. Fox Sergeant 5th Michigan Cavalry
Lorish, Andrew J.Andrew J. Lorish Commissary Sergeant 1st New York Dragoons
Lunt, Alphonso M.Alphonso M. Lunt Sergeant 38th Massachusetts Infantry
Lyman, Joel H.Joel H. Lyman Quartermaster Sergeant 9th New York Cavalry
McEnroe, Patrick H.Patrick H. McEnroe Sergeant 6th New York Cavalry
Meach, George E.George E. Meach Farrier 6th New York Cavalry
Reynolds, GeorgeGeorge Reynolds Private 6th New York Cavalry
Ryan, Peter J.Peter J. Ryan Private 11th Indiana Infantry
J. M. Schoonmaker.jpg Schoonmaker, James M.James M. Schoonmaker Colonel 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Schmidt, ConradConrad Schmidt First Sergeant 2nd U.S. Cavalry
Seston, Charles H.Charles H. Seston Sergeant 11th Indiana Infantry
Sterling, John T.John T. Sterling Private 11th Indiana Infantry


  1. ^ "A Brief History—The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. Retrieved December 27, 2010.