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Medal of Honor recipients, American Civil War

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  • John Smith (1831 - d.)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain of the Forecastle John Smith, United States Navy, for extraordinary he...
  • John Smith (1826 - 1907)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Captain of the Top John Smith, United States Navy, for extraordinary he...
  • Joseph Sewall Smith (1836 - 1919)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Sewall Smith, United States Army, for extraordinary ...
  • Oloff Smith (1833 - d.)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Coxswain Oloff Smith, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action ...
  • Thaddeus Stevens Smith (1847 - 1933)
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Many of the awards during the Civil War were for capturing or saving regimental flags. During the Civil War, regimental flags served as the rallying point for the unit, and guided the unit's movements. Loss of the flag could greatly disrupt a unit, and could have a greater effect than the death of the commanding officer

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government and is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself "…conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States…" Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously