Historical records matching Thomas R Hawkins, SMG (USA)
About Thomas R Hawkins, SMG (USA)
Thomas R. Hawkins (1840 – 1870) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.
Hawkins joined the Army from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and by September 29, 1864 was serving as a Sergeant Major in the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment when the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia, began. More than five years later, on February 8, 1870, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for "rescue of regimental colors" during that battle.
Thomas Hawkins died at age 29 or 30, and a plaque in his memory was placed in Harmony Memorial Park, Landover, Maryland.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant Major, 6th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and date: At Chapins Farm, Va., September 29, 1864. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio. Date of issue: February 8, 1870.
Rescue of regimental colors.