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Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 16 August

We open this day's awards with two for a fight at Deep Run, Virginia in 1864, and another flag capture (literally, that's all it says in the cites) at Front Royal.

 

* HARDENBERGH, HENRY M.

Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 39th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Deep Run, Va., 16 August 1864. Entered service at: Bremen, Ill. Birth: Noble County, Ind. Date of issue: 6 April 1865. Citation. Capture of flag. He was wounded in the shoulder during this action. He was killed in action at Petersburg on 28 August 1864.

SHELLENBERGER, JOHN S.

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company B, 85th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Deep Run, Va., 16 August 1864. Entered service at: Perryopolis, Pa. Birth: ------. Date of issue: 6 April 1865. Citation: Capture of flag.

KELLY, THOMAS

Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 6th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Front Royal, Va., 16 August 1864. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 26 August 1864. Citation: Capture of flag.

The Medal next surfaces during the Indian War period, for a fight in the Cuchillo Negro Mountains of New Mexico in 1881.


BURNETT, GEORGE R.

Rank and organization. Second Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Entered servlce at: Spring Mills, Pa. Birth. Lower Providence Township Pa. Date of issue: 23 July 1897. Citation. Saved the life of a dismounted soldier, who was in imminent danger of being cut off, by alone galloping quickly to his assistance under heavy fire and escorting him to a place of safety, his horse being twice shot in this action.

WALLEY, AUGUSTUS

Rank and organization: Private, Company I, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Reistertown, Md. Date of issue: 1 October 1890. Citation: Bravery in action with hostile Apaches.

WILLIAMS, MOSES

Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company I, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Entered service at. ------. Birth: Carrollton, La. Date of issue: 12 November 1896. Citation: Rallied a detachment, skillfully conducted a running flght of 3 or 4 hours, and by his coolness, bravery, and unflinching devotion to duty in standing by his commanding officer in an exposed position under a heavy fire from a large party of Indians saved the lives of at least 3 of his comrades.
*Indicates a posthumous award. Posthumous awards are *very* rare in the Pre-WWI era.

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The three Indian Wars medals went to black soldiers, 9th U.S. Cavalry
 
Actually Chuck, two black cavalrymen.  The Captain would have been caucasian.  There were no black captains commanding troops in the field at this point in the Army's history.  The officers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry were caucasian.