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11 May, a selection of Medals of Honor awarded on this day.

From the Civil War through the Indian Campaigns, the Korean Campaign of 1871 and on up to, but not including, the War with Spain in 1898.  That war merits it's own post, going up later this morning.

I posted a bunch of them because the citations for those awards are not available in an extensive format, unlike citations for the Medal from WWI and forward.

People you should know.

Just some names of people you should know, and the interesting times in which they lived.  This will hopefully become a regular feature.


RUTHERFORD, JOHN T.

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, Company L, 9th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Yellow Tavern, Va., 11 May 1864; At Hanovertown, Va., 27 May 1864. Entered service at: Canton, N.Y. Birth:------. Date of issue: 22 March 1892. Citation: Made a successful charge at Yellow Tavern, Va., 11 May 1864, by which 90 prisoners were captured. On 27 May 1864, in a gallant dash on a superior force of the enemy and in a personal encounter, captured his opponent.

TREAT, HOWELL B.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company I, 52d Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Buzzard's Roost, Ga., 11 May 1864. Entered service at: Painesville, Ohio. Birth: Painesville, Ohio. Date of issue: 14 August 1894. Citation: Risked his life in saving a wounded comrade.

YEAGER, JACOB F.

Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 101st Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Buzzard's Roost, Ga., 11 May 1864. Entered service at: Tiffin, Ohio. Birth: Lehigh County, Pa. Date of issue: 3 August 1897. Citation: Seized a shell with fuze burning that had fallen in the ranks of his company and threw it into a stream, thereby probably saving his comrades from injury.

BROWN, BENJAMIN

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 24th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Arizona, 11 May 1889. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Spotsylvania County, Va. Date of issue: 19 February 1890. Citation: Although shot in the abdomen, in a fight between a paymaster's escort and robbers, did not leave the field until again wounded through both arms.

MAYS, ISAIAH

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company B, 24th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Arizona, 11 May 1889. Entered service at: Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Born: 16 February 1858, Carters Bridge, Va. Date of issue: 19 February 1890. Citation: Gallantry in the fight between Paymaster Wham's escort and robbers. Mays walked and crawled 2 miles to a ranch for help.

FOWLER, CHRISTOPHER

Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1850, New York. Accredited to: New York. Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Fortune off Point Zapotitlan, Mexico, 11 May 1874. On the occasion of the capsizing of one of the boats of the Fortune and the drowning of a portion of the boat's crew, Fowler displayed gallant conduct.