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SGT William Harvey Carney

SGT William Harvey Carney

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Death 9 Dec 1908
Burial New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Section LL, Lot 78
Memorial ID 6826582 · View Source
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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


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WILLIAM H CARNEY

SGT
CO C
54 REGT
MASS INF
US CLD TRPS

FEB 29 1840
DEC 9 1908

MEDAL OF HONOR


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT William Harvey Carney (29 Feb 1840–9 Dec 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6826582, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .