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Stephen Potter Corliss

  • Birth 25 Jul 1842 Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Death 9 May 1904 Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 18, Lot 74 & 75
  • Memorial ID 7522150

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Civil War as a First Lieutenant in Company F, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery at Battle of South Side Railroad, Virginia, on April 2, 1865. The Confederates had a battery posted on an elevation near the South Side Railroad where it intersected with the White Oak Road leading into Petersburg when the order came to capture the battery. The brigade to which the 4th New York Heavy Artillery was attached began to carry out the attack. Three times the brigade tried to advance, the first two times checked by the withering fire of the Confederates. On the third attempt, the color bearer was shot and the colors fell to the ground. Lieutenant Corliss at once dismounted, picked up the colors and remounted. With the flag in hand he rode at the head of the brigade into the enemy's works and placed them there, closely followed by his men. The rebels were routed in utter defeat. Issued to him on April 5, 1898, his citation reads "Raised the fallen colors and rushing forward in advance of his troops, placed them on the enemy's works".

Bio by: Mark Bodnar

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Gravesite Details Father: Roswell B. Corliss, Sr. Mother: Catherine Corliss. Brother: Roswell B. Corliss, Jr. (7th NYHA - died & buried at Andersonville Prison, Georgia) Wife: Jennie Stetson.





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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stephen Potter Corliss (25 Jul 1842–9 May 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7522150, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .