Frederick William Swift (c.1831 - 1916) MP

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Federal (USV) Captain Frederick William Swift (1831 - 1916) Home State: Michigan Command Billet: Company Officer Branch of Service: Infantry Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before the Antietam Campaign:

From Connecticut he moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1847 at age 16, and began in the shoe business. He later started a drug business with his brother.1 In June 1862 he joined the 17th Michigan Infantry, and was appointed Captain, Company F.2,3

The remainder of the War:

He was at Fredericksburg (December 1862), then went west with the IX Corps, seeing service at Vicksburg (to July 1863).1 He was in action at Lenoire Station, Tennessee, 16 November 1863, for which he was later awarded the Medal of Honor, and was promoted Colonel of the Regiment shortly after.1

He was captured in action at at Spottsylvania, Virginia on 12 May 1864, but was exchanged on 3 August 1864 from Charleston, South Carolina.1

He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers on 13 Mar 1865, and honorably mustered out of service on 3 June 1865.2

After the War: He returned to Detroit where he was in business and the Postmaster (1866-74).1 He wrote reminiscences of his time as a Prisoner of War in My Experiences as a Prisoner of War (in the War Papers, MOLLUS, Michigan, Vol. 1, Paper 3 - index), published in 1893.

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel Frederic William Swift, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 16 November 1863, while serving with 17th Michigan Infantry, in action at Lenoire Station, Tennessee. Lieutenant Colonel Swift gallantly seized the colors and rallied the regiment after three Color Bearers had been shot and the regiment, having become demoralized, was in imminent danger of capture.

General Orders: Date of Issue: February 15, 1897

Action Date: November 16, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: 17th Michigan Infantry


Birth Date: 01/30/1831 Place of Birth: Mansfield, CT Death Date: 01/30/1916 Burial Place: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, MI



      
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