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

Harlan J Swift

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H,
    2d New York Mounted Rifles
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 30, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA
Having advanced with his regiment and captured the enemy's line, saw four of the enemy retiring toward their second line of works. He advanced upon them alone, compelled their surrender and regained his regiment with the four prisoners.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Buffalo, Erie County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 20, 1897
  • Born: October 2, 1843, New Hudson, Columbia County, NY, United States
  • Died: October 6, 1910
  • Buried: Cuba Cemetery (MH) (Old Sec.416), Cuba, NY, United States

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