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

David L Gifford

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    4th Massachusetts Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 24, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Ashepoo River, South Carolina, USA
Volunteered as a member of a boat crew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed during the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 21, 1897
  • Born: September 18, 1844, Dartmouth, Bristol County, MA, United States
  • Died: January 13, 1904, Dartmouth, MA, United States
  • Buried: South Dartmouth Cemetery, South Dartmouth, MA, United States

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