Corporal (USA), Voltaire Paine Twombly, Medal of Honor recipient

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Corporal (USA), Voltaire Paine Twombly, Medal of Honor recipient

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
Death: February 24, 1918 (76)
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, USA
Place of Burial: Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Tuttle Twombly and Dorothy Carter Wilder
Husband of Chloe A. Twombly
Father of William Twombly; Eva Twombly and Ethel Twombly

Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Corporal (USA), Voltaire Paine Twombly, Medal of Honor recipient

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Voltare Paine Twombly, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 February 1862, while serving with Company F, 2d Iowa Infantry, in action at Fort Donnelson, Tennessee. Corporal Twombly took the colors after three of the color guard had fallen, and although most instantly knocked down by a spent ball, immediately arose and bore the colors to the end of the engagement.

General Orders: Date of Issue: March 12, 1897

Action Date: February 15, 1862

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company F

Division: 2d Iowa Infantry

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire_P._Twombly

Voltaire Paine Twombly (February 21, 1842 – February 24, 1918) was a Union veteran of the American Civil War and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Fort Donelson on February 15, 1862, when he picked up and carried his regiment's national colors after three other members of his regiment were killed or incapacitated by Confederate fire while attempting to secure the flag. Twombly also participated in a number of other engagements in the Civil War, including the Siege of Corinth and Sherman's March to the Sea.

After being mustered out of service in 1865, Twombly attended business school and entered into a number of business ventures. In 1880, he entered politics upon being selected to be the treasurer of Van Buren County, Iowa. He served as the mayor of Keosauqua, Iowa from 1884 to early 1885, and as the treasurer of Iowa from 1885 to 1891.

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Corporal (USA), Voltaire Paine Twombly, Medal of Honor recipient's Timeline

1842
February 21, 1842
Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
1871
1871
Age 28
1878
November 1878
Age 36
Iowa, USA
1879
1879
Age 36
1918
February 24, 1918
Age 76
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, USA
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Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, USA