|Born||August 25, 1841|
|Died||November 17, 1908(aged 67)|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, Ohio|
|Place of death||Oregon|
|Place of burial||Eugene Pioneer Cemetery|
United States of America|
|Unit||Company H, 37th Ohio Infantry|
American Civil War|
*Battle of Vicksburg
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
On May 22, 1863, Renninger was one of 150 Union soldiers who volunteered to lead an assault on the Confederate heights at the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The plan was for the volunteer storming party to build a bridge across a moat and plant scaling ladders against the enemy embankment in advance of the main attack.
The volunteers knew the odds were against survival and the mission was called a "forlorn hope" in nineteenth century vernacular. Only single men were accepted as volunteers and even then, twice as many men as needed came forward and were turned away. The assault began in the early morning following a naval bombardment and it was a failure.
The Union soldiers came under enemy fire immediately and were pinned down in the ditch they were to cross. Despite repeated attacks by the main Union body under the command of General Grant, the men of the forlorn hope were unable to retreat until nightfall. Of the 150 men in the storming party, two-thirds were killed. Corporal Louis Renninger of Company H, 37th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was one of the survivors and for his gallantry, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1894. As a result of his injuries, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, and discharged in October 1864.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 37th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Vicksburg, Miss., 22 May 1863. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Liverpool, Ohio. Date of issue: 15 August 1894.
Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Fletcher, Randol B. (2011). Hidden History of Civil War Oregon. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. ISBN 1609494245.
- "Medal of Honor citation". http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_1862_cwq/renninger.html. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- "Louis Renninger". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8039298. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
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