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

William J. Carson

Details
  • Rank: Musician
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E, 1st Battalion,
    15th U.S. Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 19, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chickamauga, Georgia, USA
Citation
At a critical stage in the battle when the 14th Corps lines were wavering and in disorder, he on his own initiative bugled "to the colors" amid the 18th U.S. Infantry who formed by him, and held the enemy. Within a few minutes he repeated his action amid the wavering 2d Ohio Infantry. This bugling deceived the enemy who believed reinforcements had arrived. Thus, they delayed their attack.
Medal of Honor Recipient William J. Carson
Medal of Honor Recipient William J. Carson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: North Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 27, 1894
  • Born: August 10, 1840, Washington County, PA, United States
  • Died: December 13, 1913, Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • Buried: Beech Grove Cemetery (MH) (4-14) , Muncie, IN, United States
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