Newton T. Gould

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Newton Thomas Gould
Born (1843-05-14)May 14, 1843
Elk Grove, Illinois
Died April 2, 1925(1925-04-02) (aged 81)
Place of burial Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862–1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company G, 113th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Siege of Vicksburg
Awards Medal of Honor

Newton Thomas Gould (May 14, 1843 – April 2, 1925) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863.

Gould joined the 113th Illinois Infantry in August 1862, and was mustered out in June 1865.[1] He died on April 2, 1925, at age 81 and was buried at Old City Cemetery in Sacramento, California.[2][3]

Union assault[edit]

Civil War era Medal of Honor

On May 22, 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered an assault on the Confederate heights at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The plan called for a storming party of volunteers to build a bridge across a moat and plant scaling ladders against the enemy embankment in advance of the main attack.

The volunteers knew the odds were against survival and the mission was called, in nineteenth century vernacular, a "forlorn hope". Only single men were accepted as volunteers and even then, twice as many men as needed came forward and were turned away. The assault began in the early morning following a naval bombardment. The Union soldiers came under enemy fire immediately and were pinned down in the ditch they were to cross. Despite repeated attacks by the main Union body, the men of the forlorn hope were unable to retreat until nightfall. Of the 150 men in the storming party, nearly half were killed. Seventy-nine of the survivors were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

"For gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party on 22 May 1863."[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Illinois Service Record
  2. ^ a b "Newton T. Gould". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Garner, Kati (November 14, 2011). "Courageous Veterans of Old City Cemetery". Sacramento Press. Sacramento, California. Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. 

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