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Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 10 October

A rare day for the Medal.  Only two awards, both in the 19th Century, and no one died earning them.

Civil War, during a disastrous raid on the Confederates at Eastport, MS, 1864:


Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company F, 113th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Eastport, Miss., 10 October 1864. Entered service at: Concord, Morgan County, Ill. Birth: Kentucky. Date of issue: 5 February 1895. Citation: Saved the life of a captain.

Indian Campaigns, along a river that has a lot of Medals tied to it - the Brazos, in Texas.


Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 4th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: On Brazos, River, Tex., 10 October 1871. Entered service at: Bradford, Mass. Birth: Bridgeport, Maine. Date of issue: 27 February 1900. Citation: Held the left of the line with a few men during the charge of a large body of Indians, after the right of the line had retreated, and by delivering a rapid fire succeeded in checking the enemy until other troops came to the rescue.
This being a light day for the Medal, let's throw in some Medal trivia, related to the Civl War and the Indian Campaigns.

  The first action of the Civil War for which a Medal of Honor was awarded involved Private Francis Brownell of the New York Fire Zouaves.  The action occured May 24th, 1861, while the regiment was marching through Alexandria, Viriginia.  Colonel Ellsworth, the commander of the Regiment, noticed a rebel flag flying from a local inn and tore it down, whereupon the owner of the inn killed Colonel Ellsworth - in turn getting killed himself by Private Brownell.  While this act was the first action of the Civil War for which a Medal was awarded, the actual award itself was not made until 1877.  Today, one rather suspects that Private Brownell would be reprimanded for the use of excessive force.

The earliest action for which a Medal of Honor was bestowed belongs to the Indian Campaigns, and occured February 13-14, 1861, at Apache Pass, Az, where Assistant Surgeon Bernard Irwin led a rescue mission to save a detachment of soldiers under siege by Cochise.  The award itself was not made until 1894!

The first ever actual physical presentation of the Medal of Honor was on March 25, 1863 to Private Jacob Parrot, a survivor of the "Great Locomotive Chase."