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MAJ William H. Appleton

MAJ William H. Appleton

Birth
Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 9 Sep 1912 (aged 69)
Pembroke, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Pembroke, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 7146657 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He began his Civil War service at age 19 when he enlisted at Manchester, New Hampshire on May 18, 1861. Mustered in as a Private in Company I, 2nd New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, he would spend the next two years with the regiment, receiving a promotion to Corporal on November 2, 1862. On August 3, 1863 he accepted a commission of 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 4th United States Colored Troops, and would go on to be awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Petersburg, Virginia on June 15, 1864. His citation reads "The first man of the Eighteenth Corps to enter the enemy's works at Petersburg, VA. Valiant service in a desperate assault at New Market Heights, VA., inspiring the Union troops by his example of steady courage". He would be promoted to Captain and commander of Company H on November 24, 1864, and served through the end of the war, and in post-War occupation duty. Brevetted Major, US Volunteers on March 15, 1865, he was finally honorably mustered out on May 8, 1866. His Medal was awarded to him on February 18, 1891, almost twenty-seven years after his brave act.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7146657
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ William H. Appleton (24 Mar 1843–9 Sep 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7146657, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Pembroke, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .