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William Wirt Winegar

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brevet Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    19th New York Cavalry (1st New York Dragoons)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 1, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Five Forks, Virginia, USA
While advancing in front of his company and alone, he found himself surrounded by the enemy. He accosted a nearby enemy flag-bearer demanding the surrender of the group. His effective firing of one shot so demoralized the unit that it surrendered with flag.
Medal of Honor Recipient William W. Winegar
Medal of Honor Recipient William W. Winegar
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mount Morris, Livingston County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 3, 1865
  • Born: October 20, 1844, Springport, Cayuga County, NY, United States
  • Died: September 3, 1916, Bath, NY, United States
  • Buried: Nondago Cemetery (MH) (F-7), Bath, NY, United States

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