|Nathaniel C. Barker|
|Born||September 28, 1836|
|Died||March 7, 1904(aged 67)|
|Place of birth||Piermont, New Hampshire|
Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack, New Hampshire|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||August 21, 1862 to May 25, 1865|
|Unit||11th New Hampshire Infantry - Company E|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Spotsylvania|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Sergeant Nathaniel C. Barker (September 28, 1836 to March 7, 1904) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Barker was awarded the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, during the Battle of Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864. He was presented with the award on 23 September 1897.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Barker enlisted into the 11th New Hampshire Regiment Volunteer Infantry Company E on 21 August 1862. During the Battle of Spotsylvania six of the color bearers of Barker's company were killed on May 12, considered the bloodiest day of the battle. Barker took the regiment's two flags and advanced with them the rest of duration of the battle.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
Six Color Bearers of the regiment having been killed, Sergeant Barker voluntarily took both flags of the regiment and carried them through the remainder of the battle.
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References[edit | edit source]
- "11th New Hampshire Regiment Company E". 29 May 2002. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/nh/topic/civilwar/nh11thcoe.htm. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Hall of Valor: Nathaniel C. Barker". Military Times. http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=2434. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Nathaniel C. Barker - Medal Of Honor Resting Places". Waymarking.com. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM1MH_Nathaniel_C_Barker.
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