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Edgar A. Bras
Born (1841-10-06)October 6, 1841
Died June 24, 1923(1923-06-24) (aged 81)
Place of birth Jefferson County, Iowa
Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Iowa Company K, 8th Iowa Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Spanish Fort
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant Edgar A. Bras (October 6, 1841 to June 24, 1923)[1] was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Bras received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Spanish Fort in Alabama on 8 April 1865. He was honored with the award on 8 June 1865.[2][3][4][5]


Bras was born on 6 October 1841 in Jefferson County, Iowa.[3] He enlisted at Louisa County, Iowa into the 8th Iowa Infantry.[2] On 8 April 1865, during the Battle of Spanish Fort, one of the efforts by Union forces to capture the forts protecting the city of Mobile, Alabama, Bras charged through the Confederate camp, capturing a flag from a color-bearer. It is for this act of bravery that he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1][6]

Following the Civil War, Bras pursued farming, dwelling in several states, including Florida. His wife, Mary E. Bras, died a few years before him. Bras died on 24 June 1923 and his remains are interred at the Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[4][5]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Capture of flag.[1][2][3]

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