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Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 11 September

On this death-shrouded day in our history, the Medal only appears once during the Civil War, and then 8 soldiers from the Army of the Plains earned the Medal. One at Fort Apache, Arizona in 1881, and the others at Upper Washita, Texas, in 1874.  The citations are the typical sparse ones from this era, and today would most likely be Bronze or Silver Stars.  But the Medal of Honor was the only option back in the day.

Civil War

 SLUSHER, HENRY C.

Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 22d Pennsylvania Cavalry
Place and date: Near Moorefield, W. Va., 11 September 1863
Date of issue: 4 April 1898
Citation: Voluntarily crossed a branch of the Potomac River under fire to rescue a wounded comrade held prisoner by the enemy. Was wounded and taken prisoner in the attempt.
Indian Campaigns.
BARNES, WILL C.

Rank and organization: Private First Class, Signal Corps, U.S. Army
Place and date: At Fort Apache, Ariz., 11 September 1881
Entered service at: Washington, D.C.
Date of issue: 8 November 1882
Citation: Bravery in action.

DE ARMOND, WILLIAM

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry
Place and date: At Upper Washita, Tex., 9-11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: Gallantry in action.

JAMES, JOHN

Rank and organization: Corporal, 5th U.S. Infantry
Place and date: At Upper Wichita, Tex., 9-11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: Gallantry in action.

MITCHELL, JOHN

Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry
Place and date: At Upper Washita, Tex., 9-11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: Gallantry in engagement with Indians.

MORRIS, WILLIAM W.

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 6th U.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Upper Washita, Tex., 9-11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: Gallantry in engagement with Indians.

NEILON, FREDERICK S.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, 6th U.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Upper Washita, Tex., 9-11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: Gallantry in action.

PENNSYL, JOSIAH

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company M, 6th U.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Upper Washita, Tex., 11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: Gallantry in action.

SHARPLESS, EDWARD C.

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 6th U.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Upper Washita, Tex., 9-11 September 1874
Date of issue: 23 April 1875
Citation: While carrying dispatches was attacked by 125 hostile Indians, whom he (and a comrade) fought throughout the day.