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William H. Sickles
Born (1844-10-27)October 27, 1844
Died September 26, 1938(1938-09-26) (aged 93)
Place of birth Danube, New York
Place of death Orting, Washington
Place of burial Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery, Orting, Washington
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

William H. Sickles (October 27, 1844 – September 26, 1938) was a soldier in the Union Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Sickles was born on October 27, 1844 in Danube, New York but his official residence was listed as Fall River, Wisconsin.[1] He joined the US Army in May 1861, and mustered out in July 1865.

Sickles died on September 26, 1938 at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Washington and is buried there in Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery, near his comrade and fellow MOH recipient Albert O'Connor.[2] At the time of his death, he was the last living MOH recipient of the American Civil War.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]


For extraordinary heroism on 31 March 1865, while serving with Company B, 7th Wisconsin Infantry, in action at Gravelly Run, Virginia. With a comrade, Sergeant Sickles attempted capture of a stand of Confederate colors and detachment of nine Confederates, actually taking prisoner three members of the detachment, dispersing the remainder, and recapturing a Union officer who was a prisoner in hands of the detachment.

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