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

John H. Patterson

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brigadier General Ret.)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    11th U.S. Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Wilderness Campaign, Virginia, USA
Under the heavy fire of the advancing enemy, picked up and carried several hundred yards to a place of safety a wounded officer of his regiment who was helpless and would otherwise have been burned in the forest.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 23, 1897
  • Born: February 10, 1843, Morgan County, OH, United States
  • Died: October 5, 1920, Selkirk, NY, United States
  • Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery (MH) (42-13), Albany, WI, United States
  • Location of Medal: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, Fredericksburg, VA

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