Missouri’s Medal of Honor Recipients

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An original Civil War Era Medal of Honor. Courtesy of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Matthew Bickford, Cpl., Co. G, 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Trivolia, Peoria County, Illinois
Birth Place: Peoria County, Illinois
Date of Issue: August 31, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, Washington

Charles Bieger, Pvt., Co. D, 4th Missouri Cavalry
Place and Date: Battle of Okolona (Ivy Farm), Mississippi on February 22, 1864
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Weisbaden, Germany
Date of Issue: July 8, 1897
Citation: “Voluntarily risked his life by taking a horse, under heavy fire, beyond the line of battle for the rescue of his captain, whose horse had been killed in a charge and who was surrounded by the enemy’s skirmishers.”
Buried: Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

James S. Cunningham, Pvt., Co. D, 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois
Birth Place: Hammersville, Washington County, Pennsylvania
Date of Issue: July 30, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: Big Creek Cemetery, Burlington, Kansas

James E. Flynn, Sgt., Co. G, 6th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Pittsfield, Illinois
Date of Issue: June 19, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

Joseph Follett, Sgt., Co. G, 1st Missouri Light Artillery
Place and Date: Battle of New Madrid, Missouri on March 3, 1862, and at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee on December 31, 1862
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey
Date of Issue: September 19, 1890
Citation: “At New Madrid, Mo., remained on duty though severely wounded. While procuring ammunition from the supply train at Stone River, Tenn., was captured, but made his escape, secured the ammunition, and in less than an hour from the time of his capture had the batteries supplied.”
Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery, New York

Henry F. Frizzell, Pvt., Co. B, 6th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Pilot Knob, Iron County, Missouri
Birth Place: Madison County, Missouri
Date of Issue: July 30, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

M.R. William Grebe, Capt., Co. F, 4th Missouri Cavalry
Place and Date: Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia on August 31, 1864
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Germany
Date of Issue: February 24, 1899
Citation: “While acting as aide and carrying orders across a most dangerous part of the battlefield, being hindered by a Confederate advance, seized a rifle, took a place in the ranks and was conspicuous in repulsing the enemy.”
Buried: Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri

Fitz W. Guerin, Pvt., Battery A, 1st Missouri Light Artillery
Place and Date: Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi on April 28-29, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: New York, New York
Date of Issue: March 10, 1896
Citation: “With two comrades voluntarily took position on board the steamer Cheeseman, in charge of all the guns and ammunition of the battery, and remained in charge of the same for a considerable time while the steamer was unmanageable and subjected to a heavy fire from the enemy.”
Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

Henry Hammel, Sgt., Battery A, 1st Missouri Light Artillery
Place and Date:  Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi on April 28-29, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Germany
Date of Issue: March 10, 1896
Citation: “With two comrades voluntarily took position on board the steamer Cheeseman, in charge of all the guns and ammunition of the battery, and remained in charge of the same for a considerable time while the steamer was unmanageable and subjected to a heavy fire from the enemy.”
Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

Louis T. Hunt, Pvt., Co. H, 6th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Jefferson County, Missouri
Birth Place: Montgomery County, Indiana
Date of Issue: July 12, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: St. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

David Johnston, Pvt. Co. K, 8th Missouri Infantry 
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Warsaw County, Illinois
Birth Place: Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Date of Issue: August 16, 1884
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: Pierce Chapel Cemetery, Clarks, Nebraska

Dennis Kirby, Maj., 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Niagara County, New York
Date of Issue: January 31, 1894
Citation: “Seized the colors when the color bearer was killed and bore them himself in the assault”
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Joseph S. Labill, Pvt., Co. C, 6th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Vandalia, Illinois
Birth Place: France
Date of Issue: August 14, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: South Hill Cemetery, Vandalia, Illinois
 
George W. Lucas, Pvt., Co. C, 3rd Missouri Cavalry
Place and Date: Battle of Benton, Arkansas on July 25, 1864
Entered Service: Mt. Sterling, Brown County, Illinois
Birth Place: Adams County, Illinois
Date of Issue: December 1864
Citation: “Pursued and killed Confederate Brig. Gen. George M. Holt, Arkansas Militia, capturing his arms and horse.”
Buried: Mounds Cemetery, Timewell, Brown County, Illinois

William W. McCammon, 1Lt., Co. E, 24th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Corinth, Mississippi on October 3, 1862
Entered Service: Montgomery County, Missouri
Birth Place: Ohio
Date of Issue: July 9, 1896
Citation: “While on duty as provost marshal, voluntarily assumed command of his company, then under fire, and so continued in command until the repulse and retreat of the enemy on the following day, the loss to this company during the battle being very great.”
Buried: Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington

John O’Dea, Pvt., Co. D, 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois
Birth Place: Quincy, Illinois
Date of Issue: July 12, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.””
Buried: Sunset Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Menomen, O’Donnell, 1Lt., Co. A, 11th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863, and at Fort DeRussey, Louisiana on March 14, 1864
Entered Service: Illinois
Birth Place: Ireland
Date of Issue: September 11, 1897
Citation: “Voluntarily joined the color guard in the assault on the enemy’s works when he saw indications of wavering and caused the colors of his regiment to be planted on the parapet. Voluntarily placed himself in the ranks of an assaulting column and rode with it into the enemy’s works, being the only mounted officer present, was twice wounded in battle.”
Buried: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Vincennes, Indiana

James W. Parks, Cpl., Co. F, 11th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Battle of Nashville, Tennessee on December 16, 1864
Entered Service: Xenia, Clay County, Illinois
Birth Place: Lawrence County, Ohio
Date of Issue: February 24, 1865
Citation: “Capture of Flag.”
Burial: Kingston Chapel Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois

Joseph Pesch, Pvt., Battery A, 1st Missouri Light Artillery
Place and Date:  Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi on April 28-29, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Prussia
Date of Issue: March 10, 1896
Citation: “With two comrades voluntarily took position on board the steamer Cheeseman, in charge of all the guns and ammunition of the battery, and remained in charge of the same for a considerable time while the steamer was unmanageable and subjected to a heavy fire from the enemy.”
Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

Ambrose Porter, CSgt., Co. D, 12th Missouri Cavalry
Place and Date: Battle of the Tallahatchie River, Mississippi on August 7, 1864
Entered Service: Rockport, Atchison County, Missouri
Birth Place: Allegheny County, Maryland
Date of Issue: August 24, 1905
Citation: “Was 1 of 4 volunteers who swam the river under a brisk fire of the enemy’s sharpshooters and brought over a ferry boat by means of which the troops crossed and dislodged the enemy from a strong position.”
Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Rockport, Missouri

John M. Schofield, Maj., 1st Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Missouri on August 10, 1861
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Gerry, New York
Date of Issue: July 2, 1892
Citation: “Was conspicuously gallant in leading a regiment in a successful charge against the enemy.”
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

William T. Simmons, Lt., Co. C, 11th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Battle of Nashville, Tennessee on December 16, 1864
Entered Service: Unknown
Birth Place: Greene, Illinois
Date of Issue: February 25, 1865
Citation: “Capture of flag of 34th Alabama Infantry. Being the first to enter the works, he shot and wounded the enemy color bearer.”

George H. Stockman, 1Lt., Co. C, 6th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Chicago, Illinois
Birth Place: Germany
Date of Issue: July 9, 1864
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.”
Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Howell Trogden, Pvt., Co. B, 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Cedar Falls, North Carolina
Date of Issue: August 3, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.” He carried his regiment’s flag and tried to borrow a gun to defend it.”
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

John W. Wagner, Cpl., Co. F, 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: Clear Spring, Maryland
Date of Issue: December 14, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.”
Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery & Crematory, Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts

George W. Welch, Pvt., Co. A, 11th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Battle of Nashville, Tennessee on December 16, 1864
Entered Service: Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa
Birth Place: Brown County, Iowa
Date of Issue: February 25, 1865
Citation: “Capture of flag of 13th Alabama Infantry.”
Burial: Unknown

William M. Wherry, 1Lt., Co. D, 3rd U.S. Infantry
Place and Date: Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Missouri on August 10, 1861
Entered Service: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Issue: October 30, 1895
Citation: “Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire.”
Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

Joseph Wortick, Pvt., Co. A, 8th Missouri Infantry
Place and Date: Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863
Entered Service: Hannibal, Missouri
Birth Place: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Date of Issue: July 14, 1894
Citation: “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.”
Buried: Leon Cemetery, Leon, Kansas