Lt. Charles M. Rockefeller, Medal of Honor

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Charles M Rockefeller

Also Known As: "Rockerfeller"
Death: circa 1899
Philippines (Missing)
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Son of NN Rockefeller

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About Lt. Charles M. Rockefeller, Medal of Honor

Charles M. Rockefeller (1844–1899) was an officer in the United States Army, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for service at the final major battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Fort Blakeley, in Alabama (April 9, 1865). He was not closely related to the famous Rockefeller family.


Voluntarily and alone, under a heavy fire, obtained valuable information which a reconnoitering party of 25 men had previously attempted and failed to obtain, suffering severe loss in the attempt The information obtained by him was made the basis of the orders for the assault that followed. He also advanced with a few followers, under the fire of both sides, and captured 300 of the enemy who would otherwise have escaped.

 Lt. Rockefeller was awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions at Fort Blakely, Alabama, in 1865. He stayed in the Regular Army after the war. He was sent to the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, and shortly after arriving there in April, 1899, he "went to inspect outposts, and was never again seen by his comrades. For some time it was supposed that he had been assassinated and his body thrown into one of the wells or pits in the vicinity of his camp. Every effort was made to discover his whereabouts or to recover his body in case he had been killed, but to no avail." (From New York Times, May 27, 1900)

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