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New Jersey's Civil War
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients


Civil War era Medals of Honor
Army (left)                        Navy (right)

Congressional Medal
of Honor Recipients in the
1st NJ Cavalry


CLANCY, JAMES T.
Sergeant, Company C, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Vaughn Road, Va., 1 October 1864. Birth: Albany, N.Y. Date of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: Shot the Confederate Gen. Dunovant dead during a charge, thus confusing the enemy and greatly aiding in his repulse.

HOOPER, WILLIAM B.
Corporal, Company L, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Chamberlains Creek, Va., 31 March 1865. Birth: Willimantic, Conn. Date of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: With the assistance of a comrade, headed off the advance of the enemy, shooting two of his color bearers; also posted himself between the enemy and the led horses of his own command, thus saving the herd from capture.

LOCKE, LEWIS
Private, Company A, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Paines Crossroads, Va., 5 April 1865. Entered Service At: Jersey City, N.J. Birth: Clintonville, N.Y. Date of Issue: 3 May 1865.
Citation: Capture of a Confederate flag.

PORTER, WILLIAM
Sergeant, Company H, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Sailors Creek, Va., 6 April 1865. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date Of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: Among the first to check the enemy's countercharge.

SAGELHURST, JOHN C.
Sergeant, Company B, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Hatchers Run, Va., 6 February 1865. Entered Service At: Buffalo, N.Y. Birth: Buffalo, N.Y. Date Of Issue: 3 January 1906.
Citation: Under a heavy fire from the enemy carried off the field a commissioned officer who was severely wounded and also led a charge on the enemy's rifle pits.

SOUTHARD, DAVID
Sergeant, Company C, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Sailors Creek, Va., 6 April 1865. Birth: Ocean County, N.J. Date Of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag; and was the first man over the works in the charge.

STEWART, GEORGE W.
First Sergeant, Company E, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Paines Crossroads, Va., 5 April 1865. Birth: Salem, N.J. Date Of Issue: 3 May 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag

STREILE, CHRISTIAN
Private, Company I, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Paines Crossroads, Va., 5 April 1865. Entered Service At: Jersey City, N.J. Birth: Germany. Date Of Issue: 3 May 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag.

TITUS, CHARLES
Sergeant, Company H, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Sailors Creek, Va., 6 April 1865. Entered Service At: New Brunswick, N.J. Birth: Millstone, N.J. Date Of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: Was among the first to check the enemy's countercharge.

TOMPKINS, AARON B.
Sergeant, Company G, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Sailors Creek, Va., 5 April 1865. Birth: Orange, Essex County, N.J. Date Of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: Charged into the enemy's ranks and captured a battle flag, having a horse shot under him and his cheeks and shoulders cut with a saber.

WILSON, CHARLES E.
Sergeant, Company A, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Sailors Creek, Va., 6 April 1865. Birth: Bucks County, Pa. Date Of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: Charged the enemy's works, colors in hand, and had 2 horses shot from under him.

WILSON, JOHN
Sergeant, Company L, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and Date: At Chamberlains Creek, Va., 31 March 1865. Entered Service At: Jersey City, N.J. Birth: England. Date Of Issue: 3 July 1865.
Citation: With the assistance of one comrade, headed off the advance of the enemy, shooting 2 of their color bearers; also posted himself between the enemy and the lead horses of his own command, thus saving the herd from capture.

 

Other New Jersey Recipients
 

BEECH, JOHN P.
Sergeant, Company B, 4th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va., 12 May 1864. Entered Service At: Trenton, N.J. Born: 1 May 1844, England. Date of Issue: 5 June 1894.
Citation: Voluntarily assisted in working the guns of a battery, all the members of which had been killed or wounded.

BRANT, WILLIAM
Lieutenant, Company B, 1st New Jersey Veteran Battalion. Place and Date: At Petersburg, Va., 3 April 1865. Birth: Elizabeth, N.J. Date of Issue: 10 May 1865.
Citation: Capture of battle flag of 46th North Carolina (C.S.A.).

CONNER, RICHARD
Private, Company F, 6th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Bull Run, Va., 30 August 1862. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date of Issue: 17 September 1897.
Citation: The flag of his regiment having been abandoned during retreat, he voluntarily returned with a single companion under a heavy fire and secured and brought off the flag, his companion being killed.

CUMMINGS, AMOS J.
Sergeant Major, 26th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Salem Heights, Va., 4 May 1863. Entered Service At: Irvington, N.J. Born: 15 May 1841, Conklin, N.Y. Date of Issue: 28 March 1894.
Citation: Rendered great assistance in the heat of the action in rescuing a part of the field batteries from an extremely dangerous and exposed position.

DAVIS, JOHN
Quarter Gunner, U.S. Navy. Born: Cedarville, N.J. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Valley City during action against rebel fort batteries and ships off Elizabeth City, N.C., on 10 February 1862. When a shell from the shore penetrated the side and passed through the magazine, exploding outside the screen on the berth deck, several powder division protecting bulkheads were torn to pieces and the forward part of the berth deck set on fire. Showing great presence of mind, Davis courageously covered a barrel of powder with his own body and prevented an explosion, while at the same time passing powder to provide the division on the upper deck while under fierce enemy fire.

DRAKE, JAMES M.
2d Lieutenant, Company D, 9th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Bermuda Hundred, Va., 6 May 1864. Entered Service At: Elizabeth, N.J. Birth: Union County, N.J. Date of Issue: 3 March 1873.
Citation: Commanded the skirmish line in the advance and held his position all day and during the night.

ENGLISH, EDMUND
First Sergeant, Company C, 2d New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Wilderness, Va., 6 May 1864. Entered Service At: Newark, N.J. Born: 16 November 1841, Ireland. Date of Issue: 13 February 1891.
Citation: During a rout and while under orders to retreat seized the colors, rallied the men, and drove the enemy back.

FALLON, THOMAS T.
Private, Company K, 37th New York Infantry. Place and Date: At Williamsburg, Va., 5 May 1862. At Fair Oaks, Va., 30-31 May 1862. At Big Shanty, Ga., 14-15 June 1864. Entered Service At: Freehold, N.J. Birth: Ireland. Date of Issue: 13 February 1891.
Citation: At Williamsburg, Va., assisted in driving rebel skirmishers to their main line. Participated in action, at Fair Oaks, Va., though excused from duty because of disability. In a charge with his company at Big Shanty, Ga., was the first man on the enemy's works

FESQ, FRANK
Private, Company A, 40th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Petersburg, Va., 2 April 1865. Entered Service At: Newark, N.J. Born: 4 April 1840, Germany. Date of Issue: 10 May 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag of 18th North Carolina (C.S.A.) within the enemy's works.

GRANT, GABRIEL
Surgeon, U.S. Volunteers. Place and Date: At Fair Oaks, Va., 1 June 1862. Entered Service At: New York. Born: Newark, N.J. Date of Issue: 21 July 1897.
Citation: Removed severely wounded officers and soldiers from the field while under a heavy fire from the enemy, exposing himself beyond the call of duty, thus furnishing an example of most distinguished gallantry.


HOPKINS, CHARLES F.
Corporal, Company I, 1st New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Gaines Mill, Va., 27 June 1862. Birth: Warren County, N.J. Date of Issue: 9 July 1892.
Citation: Voluntarily carried a wounded comrade, under heavy fire, to a place of safety; though twice wounded in the act, he continued in action until again severely wounded.

KANE, THOMAS
Captain of the Hold, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841 Jersey City, N.J. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 84, 3 October 1867.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nereus during the attack on Fort Fisher, on 15 January 1865. Kane, as captain of the hold, displayed outstanding skill and courage as his ship maintained its well-directed fire against fortifications on shore despite the enemy's return fire. When a rebel steamer was discovered in the river back of the fort, the Nereus, with forward rifle guns trained, drove the ship off at the third fire. The gallant ship's participation contributed to the planting of the flag on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.

MAGEE, WILLIAM
Drummer, Company C, 33d New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Murfreesboro, Tenn., 5 December 1864. Birth: Newark, N.J. Date Of Issue: 7 February 1866.
Citation: In a charge, was among the first to reach a battery of the enemy and, with one or two others, mounted the artillery horses and took two guns into the Union lines.

OSS, ALBERT
Private, Company B, 11th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Chancellorsville, Va., 3 May 1863. Entered Service At: Newark, N.J. Birth: Belgium. Date Of Issue: 6 May 1892.
Citation: Remained in the rifle pits after the others had retreated, firing constantly, and contesting the ground step by step.

SEWELL, WILLIAM J.
Colonel, 5th New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Chancellorsville, Va., 3 May 1863. Entered Service At: Camden, N.J. Born: 6 December 1835, Ireland. Date Of Issue: 25 March 1896.
Citation: Assuming command of a brigade, he rallied around his colors a mass of men from other regiments and fought these troops with great brilliancy through several hours of desperate conflict, remaining in command though wounded and inspiring them by his presence and the gallantry of his personal example.

SHIVERS, JOHN
Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1830 Canada. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Minnesota, in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Pvt. Shivers advanced to the top of the sandhill and partly through the breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which killed or wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its colors.

STRAHAN, ROBERT
Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Birth: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864. Accredited To: New Jersey.
Citation: Served as captain of the top on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the No. 1 gun, Strahan carried out his duties in the face of heavy enemy fire and exhibited marked coolness and good conduct throughout the engagement. Strahan was highly recommended by his division officer for his gallantry and meritorious achievements.

TAYLOR, FORRESTER L.
Captain, Company H, 23d New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Chancellorsville. Va., 3 May 1863. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date Of Issue: 2 November 1896.
Citation: At great risk voluntarily saved the lives of and brought from the battlefield 2 wounded comrades.

TOFFEY, JOHN J.
First Lieutenant, Company G, 33d New Jersey Infantry. Place and Date: At Chattanooga, Tenn., 23 November 1863. Entered Service At: Hudson, N.J. Birth: Duchess, N.Y. Date Of Issue: 10 September 1897.
Citation: Although excused from duty on account of sickness, went to the front in command of a storming party and with conspicuous gallantry participated in the assault of Missionary Ridge; was here wounded and permanently disabled.

TOMLIN, ANDREW J.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1844, Goshen, N.J. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: As corporal of the guard on board the U.S.S. Wabash during the assault on Fort Fisher, on 15 January 1865. As 1 of 200 marines assembled to hold a line of entrenchments in the rear of the fort which the enemy threatened to attack in force following a retreat in panic by more than two-thirds of the assaulting ground forces, Cpl. Tomlin took position in line and remained until morning when relief troops arrived from the fort. When one of his comrades was struck down by enemy fire, he unhesitatingly advanced under a withering fire of musketry into an open plain close to the fort and assisted the wounded man to a place of safety.

WEEKS, CHARLES H.
Captain of the Foretop, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, New Jersey. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 84, 3 October 1867.
Citation: Served as captain of the foretop on board the U.S.S. Montauk, 21 September 1864. During the night of 21 September, when fire was discovered in the magazine lightroom of that vessel, causing a panic and demoralizing the crew, Weeks, notwithstanding the cry of "fire in the magazine," displayed great presence of mind and rendered valuable service in extinguishing the flames which were imperiling the ship and the men on board.

WHITFIELD, DANIEL
Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1821, Newark, N.J. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: Serving as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Acting as captain of a gun, Whitfield coolly stood by his gun, holding on to the lock string and waited alongside the rebel ram Tennessee until able to fire the shot that entered her port. Whitfield courageously carried out his duties during the prolonged action which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of Fort Morgan.

YOUNG, EDWARD B.
Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835, Bergan, N.J. Accredited To: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Calena during the attack on enemy forts at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Securely lashed to the side of the Oneida which had suffered the loss of her steering apparatus and an explosion of her boiler from enemy fire, the Calena aided the stricken vessel past the enemy forts to safety. Despite heavy damage to his ship from raking enemy fire, Young performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the action.


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