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 James W Strong

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James W Strong

Birth
Death 3 Dec 1863
Burial Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot 40, 2664
Memorial ID 3223133 View Source
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2nd Lieut; Res Pittsfield, NY, 42 years old; Farmer: Enlisted Sept 11, 1862; Commisioned Sargent September 19, 1862; Commisioned 2nd Lieut Jne 24, 1863; Mustered out September 1, 1863.
Medal of Honor recipient; Date of action May 27, 1863 Port Hudson, LA
Note of action from Henry T Johns's bio
"I volunteered as one of a squad of fifty. According to orders we marched towards a rise of ground from which we were to charge on the enemy's ranks. It was the most peculiar charge that I have ever heard of. There was no sudden rush, no cheering, nor the usual din of a general charge. We were merely following orders without confidence of success, yet determined to do our best. The plan was a failure in conception and execution. We had to charge over three-quarts of a mile of open country, exposed to the fierce fire of the enemy and then climb the enemy's breastworks. But we never reached it. Nevertheless we pressed forward until, seeing that to go farther would be useless and only mean death, we retreated"
Three others, Privates Frederick M Deland, James W. Strong and Francis E warren, also receiced the Medal of Honor for participating and distinguishing themselves in this same assault" Source Deed of Valor, p. 206"

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