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

William J. Palmer

  • Rank: Colonel (Highest Rank: Brevet Brigadier General)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    15th Pennsylvania Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 14, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Red Hill, Alabama, USA
With less than 200 men attacked and defeated a superior force of the enemy, capturing their fieldpiece and about 100 prisoners without losing a man.
Medal of Honor Recipient William J. Palmer
Medal of Honor Recipient William J. Palmer
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 24, 1894
  • Born: September 17, 1836, Leipsic, Kent County, DE, United States
  • Died: March 13, 1909, Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • Buried: Evergreen Cemetery (MH) (74-72) -, Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • Location of Medal: Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs, CO

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