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John Henry Patterson
Born (1843-02-10)February 10, 1843
Died October 5, 1920(1920-10-05) (aged 77)
Place of birth New York City, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1899
Rank Brigadier General
Unit 11th U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

John Henry Patterson (February 10, 1843 – October 5, 1920) was a Union officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for courage under fire at the Battle of the Wilderness.


Patterson was born in New York City and joined the United States Army there. On May 5, 1864, under heavy fire from Confederate forces, Patterson left cover to rescue a wounded officer, who was in danger of both capture and death, as the forest near where he had fallen had caught fire during the battle. Patterson picked up the officer and carried him several hundred yards to safety.

Medal of Honor citation[]

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Rank and Organization:

First Lieutenant, 11th U.S. Infantry.Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Entered service at: New York. Birth: New York. Date of issue: July 23, 1897.


Under the heavy fire of the advancing enemy, picked up and carried several hundred yards to a place of safety a wounded officer of his regiment who was helpless and would otherwise have been burned in the forest.[1]

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