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

James Kephart

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 1st Battalion,
    13th U.S. Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 19, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
At the assault on the Confederate works at Vicksburg, Miss., May 19, 1863, Mr. Kephart then a private of Company C, 1st Battalion, 13th U.S. Infantry, voluntarily and at the risk of his life, when the Battalion was about to retreat, returned, and under a severe fire of the enemy, aided and assisted to the rear an officer who had been severely wounded and left on the field, thereby saving him from capture.
Medal of Honor Recipient James Kephart
Medal of Honor Recipient James Kephart
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 13, 1899
  • Born: April 22, 1842, Venango County, PA, United States
  • Died: April 27, 1932, Gooding, ID, United States
  • Buried: Elmwood Cemetery (MH) (3-10-28), Gooding, ID, United States

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