Historical records matching Col. James M. Schoonmaker, Medal of Honor
About Col. James M. Schoonmaker, Medal of Honor
At a critical period, gallantly led a cavalry charge against the left of the enemy's line of battle, drove the enemy out of his works, and captured many prisoners.
James Martinus Schoonmaker, Sr. (June 30, 1842 - October 11, 1927), was a German American Colonel in the Union Army in the American Civil War and a vice-president of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864.
He was born in Peebles Twp. (subsequently Pittsburgh) on June 30, 1842 to James Schoonmaker and Mary Clark Stockton. James was a student at the Western University of Pennsylvania when the American Civil War began and enlisted in a local company of recruits which was assigned to the 1st Maryland Cavalry. During the next thirteen months, he proved himself repeatedly in battle and in command of his troops.
After the war he made a fortune in coke around Pittsburgh and was on the board of directors at Mellon Bank. He married Alice Brown and Rebekah Cook and had three children: Gretchen Schoonmaker, William Schoonmaker, and James Martinus Schoonmaker, Jr. He died on October 11, 1927 in Pittsburgh. He is buried in Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh.