Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 19 May

There are only three Medals awarded for this day, all during the Civil War during the Siege of Vicksburg. Including another child soldier of that conflict, Corporal Orion P Howe.

Medal of Honor Recipient Orion P Howe. Courtesy the CMOHS.

BROWN, John RANK: FIRST SERGEANT (HIGHEST RANK: CAPTAIN) UNIT/COMMAND: COMPANY A, 47TH OHIO INFANTRY DATE: MAY 19, 1863 PLACE: VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, USA
CITATION: Voluntarily carried a verbal message from Col. A.C. Parry to Gen. Hugh Ewing through a terrific fire and in plain view of the enemy.

HOWE, Orion P RANK: MUSICIAN (HIGHEST RANK: CORPORAL) UNIT/COMMAND: COMPANY C, 55TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY DATE: MAY 19, 1863 PLACE: VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, USA
CITATION: A drummer boy, 14 years of age, and severely wounded and exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy, he persistently remained upon the field of battle until he had reported to Gen. W.T. Sherman the necessity of supplying cartridges for the use of troops under command of Col. Malmborg.

KEPHART, James RANK: PRIVATE UNIT/COMMAND: COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION, 13TH U.S. INFANTRY DATE: MAY 19, 1863 PLACE: VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, USA
CITATION: At the assault on the Confederate works at Vicksburg, Miss., May 19, 1863, Mr. Kephart then a private of Company C, 1st Battalion, 13th U.S. Infantry, voluntarily and at the risk of his life, when the Battalion was about to retreat, returned, and under a severe fire of the enemy, aided and assisted to the rear an officer who had been severely wounded and left on the field, thereby saving him from capture.

Published by The Armorer

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