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The Battle of Sailor's Creek (also known as Sayler's Creek, Hillsman Farm, or Lockett Farm) was fought on April 6, 1865, near Farmville, Virginia, as part of the Appomattox Campaign, in the final days of the American Civil War. It was the last major engagement between the armies of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant before the capitulation of Lee's Confederate army at Appomattox Court House three days later.

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]

Recipients[edit | edit source]

Name Service Rank Date Comments
Brest, Lewis F.Lewis F. Brest Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Bringle, AndrewAndrew Bringle Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Charged the enemy and assisted Sgt. Norton in capturing a fieldpiece and 2 prisoners.
Calkin, Ivers S.Ivers S. Calkin Army E-08First Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 18th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Chapman, JohnJohn Chapman Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Captured the enemies flag at a battle in Sailors Creek Va
Clapp, Albert A.Albert A. Clapp Army E-08First Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag of the 8th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).
Cunningham, Francis M.Francis M. Cunningham Army E-08First Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag of 12th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.) in hand-to-hand battle while wounded.
Custer, Thomas W.Thomas W. Custer Army O-01Second Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 2nd award: Captured two enemy flags
Davis, ThomasThomas Davis Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Dockum, Warren C.Warren C. Dockum Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of Savannah Guards (C.S.A.), after 2 other men had been killed in the effort.
Eddy, Samuel E.Samuel E. Eddy Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Saved the life of the adjutant of his regiment by voluntarily going beyond the line and there killing one of the enemy then in the act of firing upon the wounded officer. Was assailed by several of the enemy, run through the body with a bayonet, and pinned to the ground, but while so. situated he shot and killed his assailant.
Evans, Coron D.Coron D. Evans Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 26th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Ford, George W.George W. Ford Army O-02First Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Gifford, BenjaminBenjamin Gifford Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Gribben, James H.James H. Gribben Army First Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 12th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Hagerty, AselAsel Hagerty Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Hawthorne, Harris S.Harris S. Hawthorne Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Captured the Confederate Gen. G. W. Custis Lee.
Haynes, Asbury F.Asbury F. Haynes Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag
Hoffman, HeinrichHeinrich Hoffman Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Holmes, William T.William T. Holmes Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 27th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Houlton, WilliamWilliam Houlton Army Commissary Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Hughey, JohnJohn Hughey Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 38th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Jordan, AbsalomAbsalom Jordan Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Kenyon, Samuel P.Samuel P. Kenyon Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag
Keough, JohnJohn Keough Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag of 50th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Kline, HarryHarry Kline Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of battle flag.
Lanfare, Aaron S.Aaron S. Lanfare Army O-02First Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 11th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).
Larimer, SmithSmith Larimer Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of General Kershaw's headquarters.
Mattocks, Charles P.Charles P. Mattocks Army O-04Major Apr 6, 1865 Displayed extraordinary gallantry in leading a charge of his regiment which resulted in the capture of a large number of prisoners and a stand of colors.
McElhlnny, Samuel O.Samuel O. McElhlnny Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
McWhorter, Walter F.Walter F. McWhorter Army Commissary Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 6th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.)
Menter, John W.John W. Menter Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Miller, FrankFrank Miller Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 25th Battalion Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.); was taken prisoner, but successfully retained his trophy until recaptured.
Morris, WilliamWilliam Morris Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 40th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).[2]
Mundell, Walter L.Walter L. Mundell Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Neville, Edwin M.Edwin M. Neville Army O-03Captain Apr 6, 1865 Capture of the enemy flag
Norton, Elliott M.Elliott M. Norton Army O-01Second Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 Rushed ahead of his column and captured the flag of the 44th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.).
Norton, John R.John R. Norton Army Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of the enemy flag
Parker, ThomasThomas Parker Army E-04Corporal Apr 2, 1865 and Apr 6, 1865 Planted the first color on the enemy's works. Carried the regimental colors over the creek after the regiment had broken and been repulsed.
Payne, Irvin C.Irvin C. Payne Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of Virginia State colors.
Pitman, George J.George J. Pitman Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of the Sumter Heavy Artillery (C.S.A.).
Porter, WilliamWilliam Porter Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Among the first to check the enemy's countercharge.
Richardson, William R.William R. Richardson Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Having been captured and taken to the rear, made his escape rejoined the Union lines, and furnished information of great importance as to the enemy's position and the approaches thereto.
Riddell, RudolphRudolph Riddell Army Lieutenant Apr 6, 1865 Captured the flag of the 6th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).
Savacool, Edwin F.Edwin F. Savacool* Army O-03Captain Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag, during which he was wounded and died several days later in Washington, D.C.
Shahan, EmisireEmisire Shahan Army E-04Corporal Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 76th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Shepherd, WilliamWilliam Shepherd Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Simmons, JohnJohn Simmons Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Southard, DavidDavid Southard Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag; and was the first man over the works in the charge.
Taggart, Charles A.Charles A. Taggart Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag.
Titus, CharlesCharles Titus Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Was among the first to check the enemy's countercharge.
Wilson, Charles E.Charles E. Wilson Army E-05Sergeant Apr 6, 1865 Charged the enemy's works, colors in hand, and had 2 horses shot from under him.
Woods, Daniel A.Daniel A. Woods Army E-01Private Apr 6, 1865 Capture of flag of 18th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).

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