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

Thomas H. l Payne

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    37th Illinois Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 9, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Blakely, Alabama, USA
While acting regimental quartermaster, learning of an expected assault, Payne requested assignment to a company that had no commissioned officers present; was so assigned, and was one of the first to lead his men into the enemy's works.
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas H. Payne
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas H. Payne
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mendota, La Salle County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 1, 1898
  • Born: October 5, 1840, Boston, Boston Suffolk County, MA, United States
  • Died: September 13, 1909, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Fernwood Cemetery (18-868), Fernwood, PA, United States

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