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

Edward Ratcliff

  • Rank: First Sergeant (Highest Rank: Sergeant Major)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    38th U.S. Colored Troops
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 29, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chapin's Farm, Virginia, USA
Commanded and gallantly led his company after the commanding officer had been killed; was the first enlisted man to enter the enemy's works.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Yorktown, York County, Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 6, 1865
  • Born: February 8, 1835, James City, James County, VA, United States
  • Died: March 10, 1915, Nelson, VA, United States
  • Buried: Chescake Cemetery Naval Station , Lackey, VA, United States

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