This is a complete list of Medal of Honor recipients for the Battle of Nashville. 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 Nashville was a two-day battle in the Franklin-Nashville Campaign that represented the end of large-scale fighting west of the coastal states in the American Civil War. It was fought at Nashville, Tennessee, on December 15–16, 1864, between the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Lieutenant General John Bell Hood and Federal forces under Major General George H. Thomas. In one of the largest victories achieved by the Union Army during the war, Thomas attacked and routed Hood's army, largely destroying it as an effective fighting force.
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.
|Name||Service||Rank||Date of action||Notes|
|Marion T. Anderson||Army||Captain||Dec 16, 1864||Led his regiment over 5 lines of the enemy's works, where he fell, severely wounded.|
|Franklin Carr||Army||Corporal||Dec 16, 1864||Recapture of U.S. guidon from a rebel battery.|
|Samuel J. Churchill||Army||Corporal||Dec 15, 1864||When the fire of the enemy's batteries compelled the men of his detachment for a short time to seek shelter, he stood manfully at his post and for some minutes worked his gun alone.|
|Harrison Collins||Army||Corporal||Dec 24, 1864||Capture of flag of Chalmer's Division (C.S.A.).|
|Oliver Colwell||Army||First Lieutenant||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of enemy flag.|
|William Garrett||Army||Sergeant||Dec 16, 1864||With several companions dashed forward, the first to enter the enemy's works, taking possession of 4 pieces of artillery and captured the flag of the 13th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).|
|Thomas P. Gere||Army||First Lieutenant and Adjutant||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag of 4th Mississippi (C.S.A.).|
|Luther Kaltenbach||Army||Corporal||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag, of 44th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).|
|William May||Army||Private||Dec 16, 1864||Ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of Bonanchad's Confederate battery (C.S.A.).|
|Charles H. McCleary||Army||First Lieutenant||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag of 4th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.), while in advance of his lines.|
|Wilbur F. Moore||Army||Private||Dec 16, 1864||Captured flag of a Confederate battery while far in advance of the Union lines.|
|James W. Parks||Army||Corporal||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag|
|Philip S. Post||Army||Colonel||Dec 15, 1864 – Dec 16, 1864||Led his brigade in an attack on a strong position under intense fire. Later a U.S. Representative for Illinois.|
|William T. Simmons||Army||Lieutenant||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag of 34th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A ). Being the first to enter the works, he shot and wounded the enemy color bearer.|
|Andrew J. Sloan||Army||Private||Dec 16, 1864||Captured flag of 1st Louisiana Battery (C.S.A.).|
|Otis W. Smith||Army||Private||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag of 6th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).|
|George Stokes||Army||Private||Dec 16, 1864||Capture of flag.|
|George W. Welch||Army||Private||Dec 16, 1864||Captured the flag of the 13th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).|
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