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

Thomas J Higgins

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D,
    99th Illinois Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 22, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
When his regiment fell back in the assault, repulsed, this soldier continued to advance and planted the flag on the parapet, where he was captured by the enemy.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Barry, Pike County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 1, 1898
  • Born: June 8, 1831, Riverlequerre, Canada
  • Died: August 15, 1917, Hannibal, MO, United States
  • Buried: Holy Family Cemetery (PM) (D-47), Hannibal, MO, United States

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