|William H. Barringer|
|Born||May 27, 1841|
|Died||April 7, 1917(aged 75)|
|Place of birth||Long Bottom, Ohio|
|Place of death||Long Bottom, Ohio|
|Place of burial||Mount Olive Cemetery, Long Bottom, Ohio|
United States of America|
United States Army|
|Unit||Company F, 4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry|
American Civil War|
• Siege of Vicksburg
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Union assault[edit | edit source]
On May 22, 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered an assault on the Confederate heights at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The plan called for a storming party of volunteers to build a bridge across a moat and plant scaling ladders against the enemy embankment in advance of the main attack. The volunteers knew the odds were against survival and the mission was called, in nineteenth century vernacular, a "forlorn hope". Only single men were accepted as volunteers and even then, twice as many men as needed came forward and were turned away. The assault began in the early morning following a naval bombardment. The Union soldiers came under enemy fire immediately and were pinned down in the ditch they were to cross. Despite repeated attacks by the main Union body, the men of the forlorn hope were unable to retreat until nightfall. Of the 150 men in the storming party, nearly half were killed. Seventy-nine of the survivors were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
For gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party on 22 May 1863.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "William H. Barringer". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=3275. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
- "William H. Barringer". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8376933. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
- "A Forlorn Hope". http://oregonmag.com/CivilWarFletcher1108.html. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- "Vicksburg Medal of Honor recipients". http://www.nps.gov/vick/historyculture/vicksburg-medal-of-honor-recipients.htm. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
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