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Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Memorial – Part 9

Posted By on January 29, 2012

The memorial for Pennsylvania recipients of the Medal of Honor is located in Harrisburg, Dauphin County on the east side of the Capitol Building.  A grove of trees (Soldiers and Sailors Grove) flanks the grounds where the name of each individual with the date and place of service is noted on a stone in the ground.

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the president on behalf of Congress to a person who distinguishes himself by gallantry at the risk of his or her own life above or beyond the call of duty while engaged in a military operation.  The individual who is awarded the medal must have performed an act that is clearly above any act performed by his or her comrades.  The medal signifies extraordinary merit and there is no higher military honor than can be given.

The Medal of Honor was created during the Civil War and its first recipients were men who served the Union cause in the Civil War.  A total of 1522 medals were awarded for service in the Civil War, with approximately one-fifth of those going to persons with a connection to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  For a complete list of the Civil War recipients of the Medal of Honor, see List of American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients.

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William J. Palmer —— Galusha Pennypacker —— John Wainwright

John Rannahan —– Henry A. Thompson —– Jacob F. Raub

Timothy Spillane —— Daniel Caldwell —— Charles Day

John M. Vanderslice —— William Sands —– Aaron Anderson ——- Joseph B. Chambers

Charles Oliver ——- Alfred L. Pearson —— William H. H. Benyaurd

Wilmon W. Blackmar —— Henry G. Bonebrake —— Hiram H. DeLavie

John Wallace Scott —– George J. Shopp —— Andrew O. Apple

Jacob R. Tucker —— Charles A. Swan

William R. D. Blackwood —— John C. Ewing —— Joseph Fisher

William R. Fox —— Amzi D. Harmon —— Thomas W. Hoffman

To be continued on Sunday, 5 February 2012.


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