278,232 Pages

This is a complete list of Medal of Honor recipients for the Battle of Chaffin's Farm. Many of the awards during the Civil War were for capturing or saving regimental flags. During the Civil War, regimental flags served as the rallying point for the unit, and guided the unit's movements. Loss of the flag could greatly disrupt a unit, and could have a greater effect than the death of the commanding officer.

The Battle of Chaffin's Farm was fought in Virginia September 29–30, 1864, as part of the Siege of Petersburg in the American Civil War.

Medal of Honor[edit | edit source]

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government and is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself "…conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States…" Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.[1]

Image Name Service Rank Date of action Notes
Appleton, William H.William H. Appleton Army O-02First Lieutenant Jun 15, 1864 and Sep 29, 1864 The first man of the Eighteenth Corps to enter the enemy's works at Petersburg, Virginia, 15 June 1864. Valiant service in a desperate assault at New Market Heights, Virginia, inspiring the Union troops by his example of steady courage.
Archer, LesterLester Archer Army E-05Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in placing the colors of his regiment on the fort.
Barnes, William H.William H. Barnes Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Among the first to enter the enemy's works; although wounded.
Head and shoulders of a black man with wavy hair and mustache wearing a jacket with stripes on the upper sleeves and two medals hanging from ribbons on his left breast. He left arm is propped on an object to his side. Beaty, PowhatanPowhatan Beaty Army E-08First Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Took command of his company, all the officers having been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it.
Belcher, ThomasThomas Belcher Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Took a guidon from the hands of the bearer, mortally wounded, and advanced with it nearer to the battery than any other man.
Blucher, CharlesCharles Blucher Army E-04Corporal Sep 29, 1864 Planted first national colors on the fortifications.
Brady, JamesJames Brady Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Capture of flag
Bronson, James H.James H. Bronson Army E-08First Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Took command of his company, all the officers having been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it.
Buchanan, George A.George A. Buchanan* Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Took position in advance of the skirmish line and drove the enemy's cannoneers from their guns; was mortally wounded.
Buck, F. ClarenceF. Clarence Buck Army E-04Corporal Sep 29, 1864 Although wounded, refused to leave the field until the fight closed.
75px Clay, CecilCecil Clay Army O-03Captain Sep 29, 1864 Led his regiment in the charge, carrying the colors of another regiment, and when severely wounded in the right arm, incurring loss of same, he shifted the colors to the left hand, which also became disabled by a gunshot wound
75px Edgerton, Nathan H.Nathan H. Edgerton Army O-02First Lieutenant and Adjutant Sep 29, 1864 Took up the flag after 3 color bearers had been shot down and bore it forward, though himself wounded.
Flanagan, AugustinAugustin Flanagan Army E-05Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in the charge on the enemy's works: rushing forward with the colors and calling upon the men to follow him; was severely wounded.
Full-length portrait of a black man with mustache in an ornate military uniform, including white gloves, shoulder boards, cap, and a thin sword tied at his waist. Next to him is a pedestal with a ceremonial military helmet atop. Fleetwood, Christian A.Christian A. Fleetwood Army E-09Sergeant Major Sep 29, 1864 Seized the regimental colors and led the regiment after 2 color bearers had been shot down.
An older, balding black man with mustache, wearing a double-breasted suit and striped bow tie. He is sitting in a chair holding an open book in his left hand. Gardiner, James D.James D. Gardiner Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Last name sometimes spelled "Gardner"
Gasson, RichardRichard Gasson* Army E-05Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Fell dead while planting the colors of his regiment on the enemy's works.
Graul, WilliamWilliam Graul Army E-04Corporal Sep 29, 1864 First to plant the colors of his State on the fortifications.
Grueb, GeorgeGeorge Grueb Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in advancing to the ditch of the enemy's works
A black man sitting in a chair, wearing a forage cap and a suit coat over a vest and holding a revolver in his left hand. On the vest is a watch fob chain and a circular medal hanging from a ribbon. Harris, James H.James H. Harris Army E-05Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in the assault.
Head of a young black man with close-cropped hair wearing a dark suit coat over a shirt and tie. Hawkins, Thomas R.Thomas R. Hawkins Army E-09Sergeant Major Sep 29, 1864 Rescue of regimental colors.
Hickok, Nathan E.Nathan E. Hickok Army E-04Corporal Sep 29, 1864 Capture of flag
Hilton, Alfred B.Alfred B. Hilton* Army E-05Sergeant September 29, 1864 When the regimental color bearer fell, this soldier seized the color and carried it forward, together with the national standard, until disabled at the enemy's inner line.
75px Holland, Milton M.Milton M. Holland Army E-09Sergeant Major Sep 29, 1864 Took command of Company C, after all the officers had been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it.
Horne, Samuel B.Samuel B. Horne Army O-03Captain Sep 29, 1864 While acting as an aide and carrying an important message, was severely wounded and his horse killed but delivered the order and rejoined his general.
Hubbell, William S.William S. Hubbell Army O-03Captain Sep 30, 1864 Bravery in leading flanking movement, capturing large number of prisoners.
James, MilesMiles James Army E-04Corporal Sep 30, 1864 Having had his arm mutilated, making immediate amputation necessary, he loaded and discharged his piece with one hand and urged his men forward; this within 30 yards of the enemy's works.
Head and shoulders of a white man with parted hair and a large mustache, wearing a star-shaped medal from a ribbon around his neck. Jamieson, WalterWalter Jamieson Army E-08First Sergeant Jul 30, 1864 and Sep 29, 1864 Voluntarily went between the lines under a heavy fire at Petersburg, Virginia, to the assistance of a wounded and helpless officer, whom he carried within the Union lines. At Fort Harrison, Virginia, seized the regimental color, the color bearer and guard having been shot down, and, rushing forward, planted it upon the fort in full view of the entire brigade.
Franklin Johndro medal of honor.jpg Johndro, FranklinFranklin Johndro Army E-01Private Sep 30, 1864 Capture of 40 prisoners.
Head and shoulders of an older black man with short hair and extremely long, bushy sideburns connecting to a mustache. He is wearing a suit coat, vest, and tie. Kelly, AlexanderAlexander Kelly Army E-08First Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Gallantly seized the colors, which had fallen near the enemy's lines of abatis, raised them and rallied the men at a time of confusion and in a place of the greatest danger.
Kramer, Theodore L.Theodore L. Kramer Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Took one of the first prisoners, a captain
Laing, WilliamWilliam Laing Army E-05Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Was among the first to scale the parapet.
McKown, Nathaniel A.Nathaniel A. McKown Army E-05Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Capture of flag.
Meagher, ThomasThomas Meagher Army E-08First Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Led a section of his men on the enemy's works, receiving a wound while scaling a parapet.
Murphy, ThomasThomas Murphy Army E-04Corporal Sep 30, 1864 Capture of flag
Head and shoulders of a balding black man with a goatee, wearing a suit coat, vest, and bow tie. On the jacket's left breast is a row of three medals. Pinn, RobertRobert Pinn Army E-08First Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Took command of his company after all the officers had been killed or wounded and gallantly led it in battle.
Ratcliff, EdwardEdward Ratcliff Army E-08First Sergeant Sep 29, 1864 Commanded and gallantly led his company after the commanding officer had been killed; was the first enlisted man to enter the enemy's works.
Schiller, JohnJohn Schiller Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Advanced to the ditch of the enemy's works.
Shea, Joseph H.Joseph H. Shea Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Gallantry in bringing wounded from the field under heavy fire.
Skellie, EbenezerEbenezer Skellie Army E-04Corporal Sep 29, 1864 Took the colors of his regiment, the color bearer having fallen, and carried them through the first charge; also, in the second charge, after all the color guards had been killed or wounded he carried the colors up to the enemy's works, where he fell wounded.
VanWinkle, EdwardEdward Van Winkle Army E-04Corporal Sep 29, 1864 First name given as "Edwin" in some records
Veale, CharlesCharles Veale Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 Seized the national colors after 2 color bearers had been shot down close to the enemy's works, and bore them through the remainder of the battle.
Wells, Henry S.Henry S. Wells* Army E-01Private Sep 29, 1864 With 2 comrades, took position in advance of the skirmish line, within short distance of the enemy's gunners, and drove them from their guns.

References[edit | edit source]

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.