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Jacob E. Swap
Born (1846-08-12)August 12, 1846
Died January 22, 1925(1925-01-22) (aged 78)
Place of birth New York
Place of death Lakeport, California
Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, California
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Private
Unit Pennsylvania Company H, 83d Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of the Wilderness
Awards Medal of Honor

Private Jacob E. Swap (August 12, 1846 – January 22, 1925) was a soldier from New York who fought in the American Civil War. Swap received the United States' highest medal for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of the Wilderness in Wilderness, Virginia on 5 May 1864. The medal was presented to him on 19 November 1897.

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Swap was born August 12, 1846 New York and enlisted into Company H, 83d Pennsylvania Infantry from Springs, Pennsylvania. While fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness on 5 May 1864 Private Swap voluntarily joined his regiment in a charge and fought with it until severely wounded. For his actions during this battle, he received the United States militiaries highest, and at that time only, medal for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor on 19 November 1897.[1][2]

He died January 22, 1925 in Lakeport, California and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, California. His grave can be found in the Garden of Devotion, row 10, space 55.[2][3]

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Although assigned to other duty, he voluntarily joined his regiment in a charge and fought with it until severely wounded.[1][2]

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