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Charles Augustus Thompson

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D,
    17th Michigan Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 12, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Spotsylvania, Virginia, USA
After the regiment was surrounded and all resistance seemed useless, fought singlehanded for the colors and refused to give them up until he had appealed to his superior officers.
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles A. Thompson
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles A. Thompson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 27, 1896
  • Born: February 16, 1843, Perrysburg, Wood County, OH, United States
  • Died: August 24, 1900, Rutland, VT, United States
  • Buried: Evergreen Cemetery (4), Rutland, VT, United States

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