|Alfred B. Hilton|
|Died||October 21, 1864 (aged 21–22)|
|Place of birth||Harford County, Maryland|
|Place of burial||Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia|
United States of America|
United States Army|
|Years of service||1863 - 1864|
|Unit||4th Regiment United States Colored Infantry|
American Civil War|
*Battle of Chaffin's Farm
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Alfred B. Hilton (1842 – October 21, 1864) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.
Biography[edit | edit source]
By September 29, 1864, Hilton was serving as a Sergeant in Company H of the 4th Regiment United States Colored Infantry. On that day, his unit participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm on the outskirts of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. During the battle, Hilton carried the American flag as part of the unit's color guard. As the 4th Regiment charged the enemy fortifications, Hilton grabbed a second flag, the regimental colors, from a wounded soldier. When he was himself seriously wounded by a shot through the leg, he called out "Boys, save the colors!" Two of his fellow soldiers stepped forward; Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood took the American flag and Private Charles Veale grabbed the blue regimental flag, each before the colors could touch the ground.
Hilton died of his wounds nearly a month later, on October 21. Six months after the battle, on April 6, 1865, he was posthumously issued the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chaffin's Farm. The men who had taken the flags after he was wounded, Fleetwood and Veale, also received the medal.
Hilton is buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 4th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and date. At Chapins Farm, Va., September 29, 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Harford County, Md. Date of issue: April 6, 1865. Citation:
When the regimental color bearer fell, this soldier seized the color and carried it forward, together with the national standard, until disabled at the enemy's inner line.
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L
- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Beyer, W. F. and O.F. Keydel (eds.) (2000). Deeds of valor: How America's Civil War heroes won the Congressional Medal of Honor. New York, NY: SMITHMARK Publishers. pp. 434. ISBN 0-7651-1769-X.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Alfred B. Hilton". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7895145. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
- "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (A-L)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2005-04-27. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
- "Alfred B. Hilton". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=109. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- Melvin Claxton and Mark Puls, Uncommon valor : a story of race, patriotism, and glory in the final battles of the Civil War, (Wiley, 2006) (ISBN 0471468231)
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