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

William Henry Mathews

  • Rank: First Sergeant (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    2d Maryland Veteran Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 30, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA
Finding himself among a squad of Confederates, he fired into them, killing one, and was himself wounded, but succeeded in bringing in a sergeant and two men of the 17th South Carolina Regiment (C.S.A.) as prisoners.
Medal of Honor Recipient William H. Mathews
Medal of Honor Recipient William H. Mathews
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 10, 1892
  • Born: March 3, 1844, Devizes, England
  • Died: February 7, 1928, Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Buried: The Green-Wood Cemetery (23377-185), Brooklyn, NY, United States

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