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Peter M. Boehm
Born (1845-02-10)February 10, 1845
Died June 4, 1914(1914-06-04) (aged 69)
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit New York Company K, 15th New York Cavalry
Battles/wars Battle of Dinwiddie Court House
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Second Lieutenant Peter M. Boehm (February 10, 1845 to June 4, 1914)[1] was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Boehm received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House in Virginia on 31 March 1865.[2][3] He was honored with the award on 15 December 1898.[4]


Boehm was born in New York and enlisted into Company K of the 15th New York Cavalry in Brooklyn, New York.[4] He enlisted into the General Mounted Service as a private. He was promoted to second lieutenant in the 15th New York Cavalry in March 1865. It was during this time that he performed the act of gallantry that would earn him the Medal of Honor. On 31 March 1865 Boehm, as aide-de-camp to General Custer, was involved in the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House in Virginia. On seeing a line of men being forced back by the enemy's assault, Boehm took the flag from the color bearer and mustered the line of men into action, eventually beating back the enemy's assault.[1]

Boehm was also involved in the Indian Wars. He was breveted Captain on 27 February 1890 after displaying another act of bravery on the Brazos River in Texas in October of the previous year.[1]

Boehm retired from active service in March 1878 and was presented with the Medal of Honor twenty years later. He died in 1914 and his remains are interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

While acting as aide to General Custer, took a flag from the hands of color bearer, rode in front of a line that was being driven back and, under a heavy fire, rallied the men, re-formed the line, and repulsed the charge.[2][4]

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