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Nicholas Boquet
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Born (1842-11-14)November 14, 1842
Died December 27, 1912(1912-12-27) (aged 70)
Buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 22 August 1862 to 28 May 1865[1]
Rank Private
Unit Iowa Company D, 1st Iowa Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Wilson's Creek
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Private Nicholas S. Boquet (14 November 1842 to 27 December 1912) was a German soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Boquet received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor,[2] for his action during the Battle of Wilson's Creek in Missouri on 10 August 1861. He was honored with the award on 16 February 1897.[3]


Boquet was born in Bavaria, Germany on 14 November 1842. He was sent to the United States in order to prevent him serving in the army in Germany. Before the breakout of the American Civil war he worked as a cooper and barrel maker in Burlington.[4] He enlisted into the 1st Iowa Infantry at Burlington, Iowa.[5]

During the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Boquet assisted another gunner from Company A, which was manning the Totten's Battery, in retrieving a disabled gun and preventing it from being captured by the Confederates.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Voluntarily left the line of battle, and, exposing himself to imminent danger from a heavy fire of the enemy, assisted in capturing a riderless horse at large between the lines and hitching him to a disabled gun, saved the gun from capture.[3][5]

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