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Louis Palma di Cesnola

  • Also Known As: Di Cesnola, Luigi Palma
  • Rank: Colonel (Highest Rank: Brevet Brigadier General)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    4th New York Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 17, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Aldie, Virginia, USA
Was present, in arrest, when, seeing his regiment fall back, he rallied his men, accompanied them, without arms, in a second charge, and in recognition of his gallantry was released from arrest. He continued in the action at the head of his regiment until he was desperately wounded and taken prisoner.
Medal of Honor Recipient Louis P. di Cesnola
Medal of Honor Recipient Louis P. di Cesnola
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: December 6, 1897
  • Born: June 29, 1832, Rivarola, Piedmont, Italy
  • Died: November 20, 1904
  • Buried: Kensico Cemetery (6-1145), Valhalla, NY, United States

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