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Charles Shambaugh
Born (1839-08-25)August 25, 1839
Died October 13, 1913(1913-10-13) (aged 74)
Place of birth Prussia
Place of death Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Prospect hill cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1862
Rank Corporal
Unit Company D, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves

American Civil War

Awards Medal of Honor

Charles Shambaugh (August 25, 1839 – October 13, 1913) was born in Prussia and was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Charles City Crossroads.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Shambaugh joined the army in Indiana County, Pennsylvania and served in Company D of the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. His Medal of Honor was officially awarded on July 17, 1866, and he is one of only two recipients of the medal from the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves, the other being Henderson C. Howard.

He is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)[1]

His biography as listed in the Prospect Hill Cemetery database is as follows:

Born in Prussia on August 25, 1839, Charles Shambaugh immigrated to the United States in 1847, when he was about 8 years old. Nothing is known about his life here until the time of the Civil War.

On June 10, 1861, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Reserves, where he served as a corporal in the infantry. He was wounded on August 30, 1862, during the Second Battle of Bull Run. Six weeks later, on October 13, 1862, he left the service on a disability discharge.

Four years later, on July 17, 1866, he was awarded a Medal of Honor for his meritorious actions at Charles City Crossroads, Virginia, June 30, 1862. The citation was "capture of flag."

It appears that Shambaugh returned to Pennsylvania after his discharge, for it is known that a daughter, Jennie, was born to him there in 1873. Another daughter, Lizzie, was born in Kansas in 1877. (We know nothing about his wife, who apparently was deceased by the time the 1900 census was taken.)

By 1890 he had come to the District of Columbia and was living at 6121 Street, NE. According to the City Directories for 1890 and 1891, in 1890 he was employed as a watchman; in 1891 he worked as an elevator operator. By 1900 he had moved to 1108 K Street, NE.

He died October 12, 1913, in Hyattsville, Maryland, at age 73.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

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Rank and Organization:

Corporal, Company D, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. Place and Date: At Charles City Crossroads, Va., June 30, 1862. Entered Service At: Indiana County, Pa. Birth: Prussia. Date of Issue: July 17, 1866.


Capture of flag.[3][4][5][6]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

11th Pennsylvania Reserves Muster Roll

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