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

James M Elson

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    9th Iowa Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 22, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Carried the colors in advance of his regiment and was shot down while attempting to plant them on the enemy's works.
Medal of Honor Recipient James M. Elson
Medal of Honor Recipient James M. Elson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Shellsburg, Benton County, Iowa
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 12, 1891
  • Born: November 6, 1838, Coshocton, Coshocton County, OH, United States
  • Died: March 26, 1894, Vinton, IA, United States
  • Buried: Oakwood Cemetery (MH) (Old Sec. Last Row), Shellsburg, IA, United States

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