of Honor - All Services
by Barb Hyde, November, 2011
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The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.
It was created during the Civil War as a way of recognizing exceptional valor in the line of duty. The Navy Medal of Honor was created first, in September, 1861. The Army Medal of Honor followed on July 12, 1862.
|One Civil War soldier from
Potter County was awarded the Medal of Honor for his deeds.
In the Civil War, carrying a unit's colors was one of the most dangerous positions because of its visibility and because capture of an enemy unit's colors was a prime goal.
Many of the Civil War Medals of Honor were awarded for capturing and keeping enemy colors.
Corporal Thomas Cullen
Co I, 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry
Awarded for action at Bristoe Station, VA, October 14, 1863
Citation: Capture of flag of 22d or 28th North Carolina (C.S.A.).
Buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kinney PA
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