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William Jackson Palmer

Civil War Brevet Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Civil War as Colonel and commander of the 15th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Red Hill, Alabama on January 14, 1865. His citation reads "With less than 200 men, attacked and defeated a superior force of the enemy, capturing their fieldpiece and about 100 prisoners without losing a man". His Medal was issued on February 24, 1894. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on November 6,1864 for "valuable services". After the war he founded the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was one of 6 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (the others being Sergeant Everett W. Anderson, Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Betts, Private John G. Bourke, 1st Lieutenant Anthony Taylor, and Private John Tweedale).

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  • Added: 16 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6111
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Jackson Palmer (17 Sep 1836–13 Mar 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6111, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .