Moses C. Hanscom

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Moses C. Hanscom
Born 1842
Danville, Maine
Died 1873 (aged 30–31)
Buried at Auburn, Maine
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Maine Company F, 19th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Battle of Bristoe Station
Awards Medal of Honor

Moses C. Hanscom (1842 - July 26, 1873) was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.[1]

Hanscom was born in 1842 in Danville, Maine and entered service at Bowdoinham, Maine.[2] He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism shown on October 14, 1863 at the Battle of Bristoe Station, while serving as a Corporal with Company F, 19th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.[3] His Medal of Honor was issued on December 1, 1864,[4] and is on display at the Maine State Museum.

Hanscom died at the age of 30, on July 26, 1873 and was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Auburn, Maine.

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 Corporal Moses C. Hanscom, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 14 October 1863, while serving with Company F, 19th Maine Infantry, in action at Bristoe Station, Virginia, for capture of the flag of 26th North Carolina (Confederate States of America).[5]


  1. ^ "Medal of Honor Recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Silas Adams (1912). The History of the Town of Bowdoinham, 1762-1912. Fairfield publishing Company. p. 196. 
  3. ^ Nancy Lecompte (1 January 2003). Androscoggin County, Maine: a pictorial sesquicentennial history, 1854-2004. Androscoggin Historical Society. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-9746261-1-6. 
  4. ^ "HANSCOM, MOSES C.". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Valor awards for Moses C. Hanscom". Military Times, Hall of Valor. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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