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James Sumner

  • Birth 1840 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 5 Jul 1912 Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA
  • Burial Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 8026849

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in England, he served as a Private in Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. At the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, on October 20, 1869, Cochise and the Apaches Indians had kidnapped a white settler child in order to draw soldiers of the 1st Cavalry, Company G, into a box canyon to ambush. A firefight ensued, Private Sumner went to the front position followed by fellow troopers and held off the attackers until they disappeared into the hills. For gallantry in a charge, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in February 1870.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Shiver
  • Added: 25 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8026849
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Sumner (1840–5 Jul 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8026849, citing Cemetery Park, Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .