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SGT William Harvey Carney
Birth: Feb. 29, 1840
Norfolk
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1908
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He was the first African-American to be recognized as having performed an act of bravery that warrented the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was a member of Company C, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. On July 18, 1863, during the Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina, he was nearby when commander Colonel Robert G. Shaw was shot down. Summoning all of his strength, Carney held aloft the colors and continued the charge. Having been shot several times, he kept the colors flying high, and miraculously survived the struggle. It has been estimated that over half of the regiment became casualties in this deadly engagement, which was depicted in the movie "Glory" (1989). (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Carney (1800 - 1885)
  Frances A. Dean Carney (1818 - 1888)
 
 Spouse:
  Susanna Williams Carney (1846 - 1916)*
 
 Children:
  Clara Heronia Carney (1876 - 1939)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Harvey Carney (1840 - 1908)
  Sarah E. Carney Morris (1841 - 1908)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

WILLIAM H CARNEY

SGT
CO C
54 REGT
MASS INF
US CLD TRPS

FEB 29 1840
DEC 9 1908

MEDAL OF HONOR

 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
New Bedford
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section LL, Lot 78
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
Record added: Oct 06, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6826582
SGT William Harvey Carney
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SGT William Harvey Carney
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SGT William Harvey Carney
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