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

James David Vernay

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brevet Major)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    11th Illinois Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 22, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Served gallantly as a volunteer with the crew of the steamer Horizon that, under a heavy fire, passed the Confederate batteries.
Medal of Honor Recipient James D. Vernay
Medal of Honor Recipient James D. Vernay
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 1, 1898
  • Born: December 24, 1834, Lacon, Marshall County, IL, United States
  • Died: July 19, 1918, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (3-4052), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Civil War Museum (1863 & 1904 designs), Harrisburg, PA

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