William W. Winegar

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William W. Winegar
Born (1844-10-20)October 20, 1844
Springport, New York
Died September 3, 1916(1916-09-03) (aged 71)
New York
Place of burial Nondaga Cemetery, Bath, New York
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg First Lieutenant
Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Brevet Captain
Unit New York (state) 1st Regiment New York Dragoons
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Five Forks
Awards Medal of Honor

William Wirt Winegar (1844 – 1916) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Five Forks fought on April 1, 1865 southwest of Petersburg, Virginia. The battle was part of the Appomattox Campaign and was a victory for Union forces under Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan over Confederate Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett.

Winegar enlisted in the Army from Mount Morris, New York in August 1862. He was commissioned as an officer in November 1864, and mustered out with his regiment in June 1865.[1]

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 (Cavalry) William W. Winegar, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 1 April 1865, while serving with Company B, 19th New York Cavalry (1st New York Dragoons), in action at Five Forks, Virginia. While advancing in front of his company and alone, First Lieutenant Winegar found himself surrounded by the enemy. He accosted a nearby enemy flag-bearer demanding the surrender of the group. His effective firing of one shot so demoralized the unit that it surrendered with flag.” The Medal was awarded on May 3, 1865.

See also[edit]


"William W. Winegar". Hall of Valor. Military Times. 

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