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

George Henry Palmer

  • Rank: Musician (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    1st Illinois Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 20, 1861
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Lexington, Missouri, USA
Volunteered to fight in the trenches and also led a charge which resulted in the recapture of a Union hospital, together with Confederate sharpshooters then occupying the same.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 10, 1896
  • Born: 1842, NY, United States
  • Died: April 7, 1901
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (PM) (3-2104), Arlington, VA, United States

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