Medal of Honor Recipients
Who Fought at the Battle of Nashville

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A medal of valor first found support in the Navy at the beginning of the Civil War. Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy medal of valor, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on December 21, 1861. The medal was "to be bestowed upon such petty officers, seamen, landsmen, and Marines as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry and other seamanlike qualities during the present war."

Shortly after this, a resolution similar in wording was introduced on behalf of the Army. Signed into law July 12, 1862, the measure provided for awarding a medal of honor "to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldierlike qualities, during the present insurrection."

Although it was created for the Civil War, Congress made the Medal of Honor a permanent decoration in 1863. 1,520 Medals were awarded during the Civil War, 1,195 to the Army, 308 to the Navy, 17 to the Marines and 4 to civilians. 25 Medals were awarded posthumously.

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The Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded to 19 Union soldiers and sailors who fought at the Battle of Nashville:

ANDERSON, MARION T.
Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 51st Indiana Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Kokomo, Ind.
Birth: Decatur County, Ind.
Date of issue: 1 September 1893.
Citation: Led his regiment over 5 lines of the enemy's works, where he fell, severely wounded.

CARR, FRANKLIN
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company D, 124th Ohio Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: ------.
Birth: Stark County, Ohio.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Recapture of U.S. guidon from a rebel battery.

CHURCHILL, SAMUEL J.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company G, 2d Illinois Light Artillery.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 15 December 1864.
Entered service at: DeKalb County, Ill.
Birth: Rutland County, Vt.
Date of issue: 20 January 1897.
Citation: When the fire of the enemy's batteries compelled the men of his detachment for a short time to seek shelter, he stood manfully at his post and for some minutes worked his gun alone.

COLWELL, OLIVER
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, Company G, 95th Ohio Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at:------.
Birth: Champaign County, Ohio.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag.

DITZENBACK, JOHN
Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1828, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: Indiana. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: Served on board the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Ditzenback gallantly left the pilot house after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, made it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining, although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy.

FERRELL, JOHN H.
Rank and organization: Pilot, U.S. Navy.
Entered service at: Illinois. Born: 15 April 1823, Tennessee. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: Served on board the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Ferrell gallantly left the pilothouse after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, make it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy.

GARRETT, WILLIAM
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 41st Ohio Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at:------.
Birth: England.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: With several companions dashed forward, the first to enter the enemy's works, taking possession of 4 pieces of artillery and captured the flag of the 13th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).

GERE, THOMAS P.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant and Adjutant, 5th Minnesota Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: ------.
Birth: Chemung County, N.Y.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag of 4th Mississippi (C.S.A.).

KALTENBACH, LUTHER
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company F, 12th lowa Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Honey Creek, lowa.
Birth: Germany.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag, of 44th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).

MAY, WILLIAM
Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 32d lowa Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Maysville, Franklin County, lowa.
Birth: Pennsylvania.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of Bonanchad's Confederate battery (C.S.A.).

McCLEARY, CHARLES H.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, Company C. 72d Ohio Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: ------.
Birth: Sandusky County, Ohio.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag of 4th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.), while in advance of his lines.

MOORE, WILBUR F.
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 117th Illinois Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Lebanon, St. Clair County, Ill.
Birth: Lebanon, St. Clair County, Ill.
Date of issue: 22 February 1865.
Citation: Captured flag of a Confederate battery while far in advance of the Union lines.

PARKS, JAMES W.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company F, 11th Missouri Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Xenia, Clay County, Ill.
Birth: Lawrence County, Ohio.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag.

POST, PHILIP SIDNEY
Rank and organization: Colonel, 59th Illinois Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 15-16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Galesburg, Ill.
Birth: 19 March 1833, Flordia, Orange County, N.Y.
Date of issue: 18 March 1893.
Citation: Led his brigade in an attack upon a strong position under a terrific fire of grape, canister, and musketry; was struck down by a grapeshot after he had reached the enemy's works.

SIMMONS, WILLIAM T.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Company C, 11th Missouri Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: ------.
Birth: 29 January 1843, Green County, Ill.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag of 34th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A ). Being the first to enter the works, he shot and wounded the enemy color bearer.

SLOAN, ANDREW J.
Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 12th lowa Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Colesburg, Delaware County, lowa.
Birth: Bedford County, Pa.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Captured flag of 1st Louisiana Battery (C.S.A.).

SMITH, OTIS W.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 95th Ohio Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at:------.
Birth: Logan County, Ohio.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag of 6th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).

STOKES, GEORGE
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 122d Illinois Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Jerseyville, Ill.
Birth. England.
Date of issue: 24 February 1865.
Citation: Capture of flag.

WELCH, GEORGE W.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 11th Missouri Infantry.
Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864.
Entered service at: Keokuk, Lee County, lowa.
Birth: Brown County, lowa.
Date of issue: 24 February 1965
Citation: Captured the flag of the 13th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).


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