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Horatio L. Birdsall
Born 1833
Died November 19, 1891 (aged 57–58)
Place of birth Monroe County, New York
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit 3rd Iowa Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Horatio L. Birdsall (1833–November 29, 1891) was a sergeant who served the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was part of Company B in the 3rd Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. Birdsall was awarded a Medal of Honor.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Birdsall was born in Monroe County, New York.[1]

Service[edit | edit source]

Birdsall, at the time of the Civil War's breakout, was an inhabitant of Iowa. He enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Cavalry at Keokuk.[2] When General James H. Wilson moved on Columbus, Georgia, the 3rd Regiment accompanied him. In the Battle of Columbus, Birdsall and his regiment attacked a series of Confederate entrenchments that protected a bridge over the Chattahoochee River. The Regiment captured the entrenchments and bridge; Birdsall captured the Confederate flag-bearer and the flag.[3] For the capture of the flagbearer, Birdsall won the Medal of Honor.

During the war, Birdsall lost a part of his right thumb and was wounded in the head.[1]

Later life and death[edit | edit source]

Birdsall moved to Lawrence, Kansas after the war ended. He died November 29, 1891, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

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