Luman L. Cadwell

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Luman L. Cadwell
Born (1836-05-22)May 22, 1836
Died July 8, 1925(1925-07-08) (aged 89)
Buried at Phelps Cemetery, Decorah, Iowa
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit New York (state) Company B, 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry
Awards Medal of Honor

Luman L. Cadwell (May 22, 1836 to July 8, 1925) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Cadwell received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at the Alabama Bayou, Louisiana on 20 September 1864. He was honored with the award on 17 August 1894.[1][2]


Cadwell was born in 1836 and enlisted into the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry. On September 20, 1864 Cadwell along with another soldier, Albert Westinghouse, swam across the 150 foot Alabama Bayou near New Orleans in order to retrieve a small boat which his company used to gain access to a Confederate camp stationed on an island in the middle of the Bayou and destroy buildings, supplies, artillery and capture Confederate forces.[3][4]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Swam the bayou under fire of the enemy and captured and brought off a boat by means of which the command crossed and routed the enemy.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cadwell, Luman L.". Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sgt. Luman L. Cadwell". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Serg. Luman L. Cadwell Medal of Honor Grave Stone". Retrieved 19 October 2013.