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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Ambrose Porter

  • Rank: Commissary Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D,
    12th Missouri Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 7, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Tallahatchie River, Mississippi, USA
Was one of four volunteers who swam the river under a brisk fire of the enemy's sharpshooters and brought over a ferry boat, by means of which the troops crossed and dislodged the enemy from a strong position.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Rockport, Atchison County, Missouri
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 24, 1905
  • Born: February 2, 1839, Allegany County, MD, United States
  • Died: January 21, 1916, Phelps City, MO, United States
  • Buried: Elmwood Cemetery (MH), Rockport, MO, United States

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