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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.

Indiana County, Pennsylvania

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


BRONSON, JAMES H.: (Added with the courtesy of information provided by Arthur Fox of Pittsburgh, PA) Born 1838. Sgt. Co. D., 5th Ohio Colored troops. Citation for action at Chapin's Farm, VA on Sept. 9, 1864. Citation given on April 6, 1865, for "a battle in which all the officers having been killed and wounded, Bronson took command of his company and gallantly led it." Born in Burrell Twp. in 1838, Bronson enlisted in the 5th Ohio Colored troops on July 4, 1863 and was a barber prior to the service. On Nov. 30, 1864, Bronson requested a reduction in rank from 1st Sgt. to allow him to remain a part of the regimental brass band. His request was honored and he was discharged as a "Musician" at Carolina City, NC on Sept. 20, 1865. Bronson died on March 16, 1884 and his grave is located in Chartiers Cemetery in Carnegie, Allegheny County marked with a MOH stone. He participated in action at City Point, VA; Fort Converse, VA and the Battle of Chapin's Farm in VA.

HOWARD, HENDERSON C.: Corporal, Company B, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. Glendale, Va., 30 June 1862. Citation given: 30 March 1898. While pursuing one of the enemy's sharpshooters, encountered 2 others, whom he bayoneted in hand-to-hand encounters; was 3 times wounded in action.

KELLY, ALEXANDER: Pittsburgh, (Homewood), First Sergeant, Company F, 6th U.S. Colored Troops. Born April 5, 1840 in Saltsburg, Conemaugh Twp. in Indiana County to a coal mining family. A coal miner prior to the war, he moved to Homewood in 1863 and joined the service on April 7, 1863. Kelly's medal was given for an action at Chapins Farm, VA on 29 September 1864. Citation given: 6 April 1865. "Gallantly seized the colors, which had fallen near the enemy's lines of abatis, raised them and rallied the men at a time of confusion and in a place of the greatest danger." (Information added 4/26/99 - Courtesy of Wes Slusher, Joe Pulgini and Arthur Fox) Kelly left the army at Wilmington, NC on Sept. 20, 1865 and he moved back to 5632 Harvard Street in Homewood where he married his wife, Victoria, on on July 30, 1866. He was a night watchman at a nearby Livery Stable and died on June 19, 1867; he is buried in the Lemington Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

SHAMBAUGH, CHARLES: Born in Prussia. Corporal, Company D, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. Charles City Crossroads, Va., 30 June 1862. Citation given: 17 July 1866. Capture of flag.

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