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Medal of Honor recipients, American Civil War

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  • Andrew McCornack (1844 - 1920)
    Andrew received the Medal of Honor for "distinguished gallantry" in action at Vicksburg, Mississippi. According to the records on the 22 May 1863 he volunteered to be a member of a storming party. He r...
  • Pvt. Samuel Martin, Sr. (USA) (1833 - 1931)
    Private, Company G, 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Enlisted on September 18, 1862. Served as Company Teamster. Discharged by General Order on July 10, 1865 at Cumberland, Maryland. Pension records lists da...
  • Morris Harris (1837 - 1927)
    Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as a 1st Lieutenant in the 1st United States Regular Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Smithfield, Virginia o...
  • Brig. General Joshua Chamberlain (USA) (1828 - 1914)
    Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain , Civil War hero, Governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin college, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry at Gettysburg: Joshua Lawrence ...
  • Capt. William S. Hubbell, Medal of Honor (1837 - 1930)
    Citation Led out a small flanking party and by a clash and at great risk captured a large number of prisoners. William Stone Hubbell (April 19, 1837 – August 28, 1930) was a United States Army ...

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