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Charles M. Thatcher
Born 1844
Died December 13, 1900
Place of birth Coldwater, Michigan
Buried at Kalkaska, Michigan
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Private
Unit Michigan Company B, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters
Battles/wars Battle of the Crater
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Charles M. Thatcher (1844 - December 13, 1900) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Thatcher received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Thatcher's medal was won for his heroism in the Battle of the Crater in Virginia on July 30, 1864.[1] He was honored with the award on July 31, 1896.[2]

Thatcher was born in Coldwater, Michigan, and entered service in Grand Haven. He was buried in Kalkaska, Michigan.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Charles M. Thatcher, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 July 1864, while serving with Company B, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, in action at Petersburg, Virginia. Instead of retreating or surrendering when the works were captured, regardless of his personal safety, Private Thatcher continued to return the enemy's fire until he was captured.[1]

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