William P. Black (USA)

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William Perkins Black

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Woodford, KY, United States
Death: 1916 (74)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Black and Josephine Black
Brother of Brevet Brig. General John C. Black (USA)

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About William P. Black (USA)


William Perkins Black (November 11, 1842 – January 3, 1916) was a lawyer and veteran of the American Civil War. He received America's highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor - for his actions at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, in 1862.


He was the brother of John C. Black, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, who was also a Medal of Honor recipient. The Black brothers are one of only five pairs of brothers to have received the Medal of Honor.

In 1867, together with Thomas Dent, Black founded the law firm of Dent & Black. As a lawyer, Black was best known for having served as defense counsel to the people charged with inciting the Haymarket Riot of 1886.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Captain, Company K, 37th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Pea Ridge, Ark., 7 March 1862. Entered service at: Danville, Ill. Born: 11 November 1842, Woodford, Ky. Date of issue: 2 October 1893.


Single-handedly confronted the enemy, firing a rifle at them and thus checking their advance within 100 yards of the lines.

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Woodford, KY, United States
Age 74