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Byron E Pay

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H,
    2d Minnesota Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 15, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Nolensville, Tennessee, USA
Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack, and saved the train.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 11, 1897
  • Born: October 21, 1844, LeRoy Township, Jefferson County, NY, United States
  • Died: February 19, 1906, Volga, SD, United States
  • Buried: Arlington City Cemetery(4-15), Arlington, SD, United States

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