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George Schneider
Born (1844-11-08)November 8, 1844
Died January 2, 1929(1929-01-02) (aged 84)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Place of death Baltimore, Maryland
Buried at Baltimore, Maryland
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Maryland Company A, 3rd Maryland Veteran Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of the Crater
Awards Medal of Honor

Sergeant George Schneider (November 8, 1844 – January 2, 1929) was a soldier from Maryland who fought in the American Civil War. Schneider received the United States' highest medal for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia on 30 July 1864. He was presented the medal on 27 July 1896.


Schneider was born November 8, 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland and enlisted into Company A, 3rd Maryland Veteran Infantry from Maryland.

While fighting in the Battle of the Crater on 30 July 1864, Sergeant Schneider seized the colors and planted them on the enemy's position during the charge after seeing the color sergeant get shot down by Confederate forces. For his actions during this battle, he received the United States military's highest, and at that time only, medal for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor. The medal was presented to him on 27 July 1896.[1][2]

Schneider died January 2, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland and was buried in Baltimore cemetery Baltimore, Maryland.[2][3]

Medal of Honor citation[]

After the color sergeant had been shot down, seized the colors and planted them on the enemy's works during the charge.[1][2]

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