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

William G Whitney

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    11th Michigan Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 20, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chickamauga, Georgia, USA
As the enemy were about to charge, this officer went outside the temporary Union works among the dead and wounded enemy and at great exposure to himself cut off and removed their cartridge boxes, bringing the same within the Union lines, the ammunition being used with good effect in again repulsing the attack.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 21, 1895
  • Born: December 13, 1840, Allen, Hillsdale County, MI, United States
  • Died: May 7, 1915, Allen, MI, United States
  • Buried: Allen Cemetery (PM), Allen, MI, United States

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