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

James Burton Pond

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    3d Wisconsin Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 6, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Baxter Springs, Kansas, USA
While in command of two companies of cavalry, was surprised and attacked by several times his own number of guerrillas, but gallantly rallied his men, and after a severe struggle drove the enemy outside the fortifications. First Lt. Pond then went outside the works and, alone and unaided, fired a howitzer three times, throwing the enemy into confusion and causing him to retire.
Medal of Honor Recipient James B. Pond
Medal of Honor Recipient James B. Pond
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 30, 1898
  • Born: June 11, 1838, Allegany, Cattaraugus County, NY, United States
  • Died: June 21, 1903, Jersey City, NJ, United States
  • Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery (PM) (70-Lawn), Bronx, NY, United States
  • Location of Medal: Civil War Museum, Kenosha, WI

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