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PA Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients

The Medal of Honor, established by joint resolution of Congress, 12 July 1862 is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Services, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of service is exacted and each recommendation for award of this decoration is considered on the standard of extraordinary merit. A large percent of Medal of Honor recipients were awarded for action involving flags.

Cambria County, Pennsylvania

NOTE: An asterisk (*) denotes a posthumous award.


CAPEHART, CHARLES E.: Conemaugh Township, Major, 1st West Virginia Cavalry. Monterey Mountain, Pa., 4 July 1863. Citation given: 7 April 1898. While commanding the regiment, charged down the mountain side at midnight, in a heavy rain, upon the enemy's fleeing wagon train. Many wagons were captured and destroyed and many prisoners taken.

CAPEHART, HENRY: Johnstown, Colonel, 1st West Virginia Cavalry. Greenbrier River, W. Va., 22 May 1864. Citation given: 12 February 1895. Saved, under fire, the life of a drowning soldier.

FLANAGAN, AUGUSTIN: Sergeant, Company A, 55th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Chapins Farm, Va., 29 September 1864. Citation given: 6 April 1865. Gallantry in the charge on the enemy's works: rushing forward with the colors and calling upon the men to follow him; was severely wounded.

REED, GEORGE W.: Private, Company E, 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Weldon Railroad, Va., 21 August 1864. Citation given: 6 September 1864. Capture of flag of 24th North Carolina Volunteers (C.S.A.)

EVANS, THOMAS: Born in Wales. Private, Company D, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry. Piedmont, Va., 5 June 1864. Citation given: 26 November 1864. Capture of flag of 45th Virginia (C.S.A.).

SHIEL (SHIELDS), JOHN: Cresson, Corporal, Company E, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Fredericksburg, Va., 13 December 1862. Citation given: 21 January 1897. Carried a dangerously wounded comrade into the Union lines, thereby preventing his capture by the enemy.

SNEDDEN, JAMES: Johnstown, Born in Scotland. Musician, Company E, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry. Piedmont, Va., 5 June 1864. Citation given: 11 September 1897. Left his place in the rear, took the rifle of a disabled soldier, and fought through the remainder of the action.

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