William E. Goodman

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William Ernest Goodman
Born(1838-12-10)December 10, 1838
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 22, 1912(1912-04-22) (aged 73)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1861 - 1865
Brevet Major
UnitCompany D, 147th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/warsBattle of Chancellorsville
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

William Ernest Goodman (December 10, 1838 – March 22, 1912) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Goodman received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Goodman's medal was won when he rescued the colors of the 107th Ohio Infantry from Confederate States Army forces during the Battle of Chancellorsville, in Virginia on March 3, 1863.[1] He was honored with the award on January 11, 1894.[2]

Goodman was born in Philadelphia. He was commissioned as an officer in September 1861, and mustered out with his regiment in July 1865.[3] Goodman was buried in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania.[4]

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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) William Ernest Goodman, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 May 1863, while serving with Company D, 147th Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Chancellorsville, Virginia. First Lieutenant Goodman rescued the colors of the 107th Ohio Volunteers from the enemy.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "William E. Goodman". Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Civil War (G-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Muster Roll
  4. ^ Find a Grave