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

William H Appleton

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brevet Major)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H,
    4th U.S. Colored Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 15 - September 29, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg & New Market Heights, Virginia, USA

The first man of the Eighteenth Corps to enter the enemy's works at Petersberg, Va., 15 June 1864. Valiant service in a desperate assault at New Market Heights, Va., inspiring the Union troops by his example of steady courage.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 18, 1891
  • Born: March 24, 1843, Chichester, Merrimack County, NH, United States
  • Died: September 9, 1912, Suncook, NH, United States
  • Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Pembroke, NH, United States

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