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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.

Fayette County, Pennsylvania

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


CASEY, HENRY: Private, Company C, 20th Ohio Infantry. Vicksburg, Miss., 22 April 1863. Citation given: 23 September 1897. Voluntarily served as one of the crew of a transport that passed the forts under a heavy fire.

JOHNSON, SAMUEL: Private, Company G, 9th Pennsylvania Reserves. Antietam, Md., 17 September 1862. Citation given: 30 May 1863. Individual bravery and daring in capturing from the enemy two colors of the 1st Texas Rangers (C.S.A.), receiving in the act a severe wound.

MORRISON, FRANCIS: Private, Company H, 85th Pennsylvania Infantry. Bermuda Hundred, Va., 17 June 1864. Citation given: 2 August 1897. Voluntarily exposed himself to a heavy fire to bring off a wounded comrade.

SHELLENBERGER, JOHN S.: Corporal, Company B, 85th Pennsylvania Infantry. Deep Run, Va., 16 August 1864. Citation given: 6 April 1865. Capture of flag.

WORTICK (WERTICK), JOSEPH: Private, Company A, 8th Missouri Infantry. Vicksburg, Miss., 22 May 1863. Citation given: 14 July 1894. Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

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