|Died||1918 (aged 78–79)|
|Place of birth||Peoria County, Illinois|
|Place of death||Washington|
|Place of burial||Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham, Washington|
United States of America|
|Unit||Company G, 8th Missouri Volunteer Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
He was born in Peoria County, Illinois in 1839. He entered service at "Trivolia", Peoria County, Illinois. He was a Corporal, in Company G, 8th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Union Army. He received the Medal of Honor for Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party" at Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 22, 1863. Bickford moved to Washington state around 1907. He died in 1918, and is buried in Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham, Washington.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
- Rank and organization: Corporal, Company G, 8th Missouri Infantry.
- Place and date: At Vicksburg, Miss., May 22, 1863.
- Entered service at: Trivolia, Peoria County, Ill.
- Birth: Peoria County, Ill.
- Date of issue: August 31, 1894.
Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."
- "Civil War (A-L); Bickford, Mathew entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 6, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "Missouri Medal of Honor recipients". http://www.missouricivilwarmuseum.org/mo-medalhonor.htm. Retrieved October 4, 2010. [dead link]
- "Grave Photo". http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/states/pages_af/bickford_matthew_wa.html. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- "Photo of Matthew". http://www.homeofheroes.com/photos/1_civilwar/bickford_matthew.html. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- "A Forlorn Hope". http://oregonmag.com/CivilWarFletcher1108.html. Retrieved October 4, 2010. [dead link]
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