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James B. Thompson
Born 1843
Died August 31, 1875
Place of birth Juniata County, Pennsylvania
Buried at Port Royal, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Pennsylvania Company G, 1st Pennsylvania Rifles
Battles/wars Battle of Gettysburg
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

James B. Thompson (1843 - August 31, 1875) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Thompson received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Thompson's medal was won for capturing the flag of the Confederate's 15th Georgia Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.[1] He was honored with the award on December 1, 1864.[2]

Thompson was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, entered service in Perrysville, and was later buried in Port Royal, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant James B. Thompson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 July 1863, while serving with Company G, 1st Pennsylvania Rifles, in action at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for capture of flag of 15th Georgia Infantry (Confederate States of America).[1]

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