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Matthew Bickford
Born 1839
Died 1918 (aged 78–79)
Place of birth Peoria County, Illinois
Place of death Washington
Place of burial Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham, Washington
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Company G, 8th Missouri Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Matthew Bickford (1839–1918) received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.


He was born in Peoria County, Illinois in 1839. He entered service at "Trivolia", Peoria County, Illinois.[1] 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.[2] 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."

See alsoEdit


  1. Likely Trivoli, Illinois, the only town in [[Peoria County, Illinois|]] with a name like this.
  2. Bickford Newsletter, Vol. 12. No. 1... at

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