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Winthrop D. Putnam
Born September 18, 1837
Died January 15, 1907
Place of birth Southbridge, Massachusetts
Buried at Wood National Cemetery Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Illinois Company A, 77th Illinois Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Vicksburg
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal Winthrop D. Putnam (September 18, 1837 - January 15, 1907) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Putnam received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Putnam's medal was won for his actions at the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 2, 1863.[1] He was honored with the award on April 4, 1898.[2]

Putnam was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, entered service in Peoria, Illinois, and was buried in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Winthrop D. Putnam, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 22 May 1863, while serving with Company A, 77th Illinois Infantry, in action at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Corporal Putnam carried, with others, by hand, a cannon up to and fired it through an embrasure of the enemy's works.[1]

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