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William Henry Longshore
Birth: Feb. 18, 1841
Muskingum County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1909
Fort Scott
Bourbon County
Kansas, USA

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born Muskingum County, Ohio, he served as a Private in Company D, 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, enlisting at Columbus, Ohio on August 16, 1861. He would go on to be awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863. His citation simply reads "Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party." On the day in question 150 men were called to volunteer to make a "forlorn hope" diversionary charge on the Confederate position known as the Stockade Redan a charge that was intended to draw fire away from the real planned attack, and a charge no one was expected to return from (to this end, only unmarried men were accepted as volunteers). After charging an open plain in full view of the Confederates, the withering fire was such that most of the volunteers were cut down, and those that made it through the fire sought shelter in a ravine under the Redan. There they stayed and fought until nightfall, when the survivors made their way to return to the Union lines, Private Longshore being one of them (85 percent of the men who made the charge did not make it back). He served through the end of the war, and was honorably mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas on August 13, 1865. He was awarded his Medal on August 10, 1894, thirty one years after he played his part at Vicksburg. (bio by: Russ) 
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  Emeline Rodgers Longshore (1842 - 1916)
  Thomas R Longshore (1868 - 1947)*
  Charles Thomas Longshore (1868 - 1950)*
  Stella Longshore Storts (1876 - 1961)*
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Evergreen Cemetery
Fort Scott
Bourbon County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 12
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Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Oct 17, 2001
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William Henry Longshore
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William Henry Longshore
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Thank you, Soldier for your gallant service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Dec. 20, 2016

- J Spencer
 Added: Apr. 17, 2016

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 Added: Jan. 5, 2015
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