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 John Winchester Comfort

John Winchester Comfort

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 Nov 1893 (aged 48–49)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section H, Lot 261, Grave 4
Memorial ID 5540 · View Source
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Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was 17 year old native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was enrolled on June 20, 1861 in the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry after the start of the Civil War. Mustered in as a Private in Company I on July 9, 1861, He re-enlisted while his unit was serving at Wauhatchie, Tennessee on December 8, 1863, and he was promoted to Sergeant on December 31, 1863. The regiment fought in the battles around Chattanooga, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia and through the Carolinas, seeing the war to it's conclusion. Sergeant Comfort was honorably mustered out on July 17, 1865, but opted to make the Army his career upon leaving the Volunteer service. On November 28, 1865 he enlisted in the Regular United States Army, and was assigned to Battery K of the 1st United States Artillery, which was stationed at Brownsville, Texas. After serving a full three years, he was discharged at Greenville, Louisiana. He re-enlist again in Philadelphia on April 18, 1870, and was assigned to Company A, 4th United States Regular Cavalry, eventually rising to Sergeant. While serving during the the War with the Plains Indians as a Corporal in the cavalry, he was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during a battle against the Kiowa and Commanche Indians near Lake Tahokay, Staked Plains, Texas on November 5, 1874. While his citation for that action reads simply "Ran down and killed an Indian", the officer who recommended him for the Medal, 4th Cavalry commander Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, stated full "that Corporal Comfort ran down and killed an Indian on the Staked Plains with no other soldier within a long distance of him...This man is a very distinguished soldier for personal gallantry". As a result, John Comfort was awarded the Medal on October 13, 1875. His Army career would continue until his retirement in 1892, and he would later serve in Batteries E and A of the 1st United States Regular Artillery.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Winchester Comfort (1844–29 Nov 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5540, citing Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .