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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.

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania


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



LUZERNE COUNTY, PA



BEAUMONT, EUGENE B.: Major and Assistant Adjutant General, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Mississippi. Harpeth River, Tenn., 17 December 1864; at Selma, Ala., 2 April 1865. Citation given: 30 March 1898. Citation: Obtained permission from the corps commander to advance upon the enemy's position with the 4th U.S. Cavalry, of which he was a lieutenant; led an attack upon a battery, dispersed the enemy, and captured the guns. At Selma, Ala., charged, at the head of his regiment, into the second and last line of the enemy's works.

KRAMER, THEODORE L.: Private, Company G, 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. Chapins Farm, Va., 29 September 1864. Citation given: 6 April 1865. Took one of the first prisoners, a captain.

RHODES, SYLVESTER D.: Plains, Sergeant, Company D, 61st Pennsylvania Infantry. Fishers Hill, Va., 22 September 1864. Citation given: 16 February 1897. Was on the skirmish line which drove the enemy from the first entrenchment and was the first man to enter the breastworks, capturing one of the guns and turning it upon the enemy.

RUTTER, JAMES M.: Wilkes-Barre, Sergeant, Company C, 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Gettysburg, Pa., 1 July 1863. Citation given: 30 October 1896. At great risk of his life went to the assistance of a wounded comrade, and while under fire removed him to a place of safety.






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