Medal of Honor: Mary E. Walker

10 09 2008

Rank: Contract Acting Assisstant Sugeon (Civilian)

Organization: U. S. Army

Entered Service: Louisville, KY

Birth: 26 November 1832

Date Medal Issued: 11 November 1865 (Rescinded 1917; restored by President Carter 10 June 1977)

Places and Dates: Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; Patent Office Hospital, Washington, D.C., October 1861; Chattanooga, Tenn., following Battle of Chickamauga, September 1863; Prisoner of War, April 10, 1864-August 12, 1864, Richmond, Va.; Battle of Atlanta, September 1864

Citation: Whereas it appears from official reports that Dr. Mary E. Walker, a graduate of medicine, “has rendered valuable service to the Government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soliders, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health, and has also endured hardships as a prisoner of war four months in a Southern prison while acting as contract surgeon; and Whereas by reason of her not being a commissioned officer in the military service, a brevet or honorary rank cannot, under existing laws, be conferred upon her; and  Whereas in the opinion of the President an honorable recognition of her services and sufferings should be made: It is ordered, That a testimonial thereof shall be hereby made and given to the said Dr. Mary E. Walker, and that the usual medal of honor for meritorious services be given her.

Given under my hand in the city of Washington, D.C., this 11th day of November, A.D. 1865.

Andrew Johnson,
President





Medal of Honor: William H. Withington

3 09 2008

Rank: Captain

Organization: Company B, 1st Michigan Infantry

Entered Service: Jackson, MI

Birth: Dorchester, MA

Date Medal Issued: 7 January 1895

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Remained on the field under heavy fire to succor his superior officer.

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Medal of Honor: Orlando B.Willcox

3 09 2008

Rank: Colonel

Organization: 1st Michigan Infantry, Brigade Commander, Heintzelman’s Division

Entered Service: Detroit, MI

Birth: Detroit, MI

Date Medal Issued: 2 March 1895

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Led repeated charges until wounded and taken prisoner.

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Medal of Honor: Henry W. Wheeler

2 09 2008

Rank: Private

Organization: Company A, 2nd Maine Infantry

Entered Service: Bangor, ME

Birth: Fort Smith, AR

Date Medal Issued: 5 April 1898

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Voluntarily accompanied his commanding officer and assisted in removing the dead and wounded from the field under a heavy fire of artillery and musketry.

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Medal of Honor: Charles F. Rand

2 09 2008

Rank: Private

Organization: Company K, 12th New York Infantry

Entered Service: Batavia, NY

Birth: Batavia, NY

Date Medal Issued: 23 October 1897

Date of Action: 18 July 1861

Place of Action: Blackburn’s Ford, VA

Citation: Remained in action when a part of his regiment broke in disorder, joined another company, and fought with it through the remainder of the engagement.

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Medal of Honor: Charles J. Murphy

2 09 2008

Rank: First Lieutenant and Quartermaster

Organization: 38th New York Infantry

Entered Service: ?

Birth: England

Date Medal Issued: 5 April 1898

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Took a rifle and voluntarily fought with his regiment in the ranks; when the regiment was forced back, voluntarily remained on the field caring for the wounded, and was there taken prisoner.

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Medal of Honor: John G. Merritt

1 09 2008

Rank: Sergeant

Organization: Company K, 1st Minnesota Infantry

Entered Service: ?

Birth: New York

Date Medal Issued: 1 April 1880

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Gallantry in action; was wounded while capturing flag in advance of his regiment.

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Medal of Honor: Owen McGough

1 09 2008

Rank: Corporal

Organization: Battery D, 5th US Artillery

Entered Service: ?

Born: Ireland

Date Medal Issued: 28 August 1897

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Through his personal exertions under a heavy fire, one of the guns of his battery was brought off the field; all the other guns were lost.

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Medal of Honor: Abiather J. Knowles

28 08 2008

Rank: Private

Organization: Company D, 2nd ME Infantry

Entered Service: ?

Born: LaGrange, ME

Date Medal Issued: 27 December 1894

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citiation: Removed dead and wounded under heavy fire.

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Medal of Honor: John F. Hartranft

28 08 2008

Rank: Colonel

Organization: 4th PA Militia.

Entered Service: Norristown, PA

Born: New Hanover Twp, PA

Date Medal Issued: 26 August 1886

Date of Action: 21 July 1861

Place of Action: Bull Run, VA

Citation: Voluntarily served as an aide and participated in the battle after expiration of his term of service, distinguishing himself in rallying several regiments which had been thrown into confusion.

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