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

Eri Davidson Woodbury

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: Brevet Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    1st Vermont Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 19, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Cedar Creek, Virginia, USA
During the regiment's charge when the enemy was in retreat, Sgt. Woodbury encountered four Confederate infantrymen retreating. He drew his saber and ordered them to surrender, overcoming by his determined actions their willingness to further resist. They surrendered to him together with their rifles and 12th North Carolina (C.S.A.) regimental flag.
Medal of Honor Recipient Eri D. Woodbury
Medal of Honor Recipient Eri D. Woodbury
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 26, 1864
  • Born: May 30, 1837, Francistown, Hillsborough County, NH, United States
  • Died: April 14, 1928, Cheshire, CT, United States
  • Buried: St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery (MH), Cheshire, CT, United States
  • Location of Medal: The Cheshire Historical Society, Cheshire, CT

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