The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
BARTER, Gurdon H.
Conflict: Civil War
Location and Date of Act: USS Minnesota/Ft. Fisher, 15 January 1865 (Although the date mentioned in his citation is 15 Jan 1865, the actual engraving on his medal reads "Dec. 1864 & Jan 1865")
Entered Svc: New York, New York
POB: Williamsburg New York
Current Location: Landsman Barter died on 22 April 1900 and there are two cemeteries that claim to have his grave. One is Moscow Cemetery in Moscow, Idaho (Lot 28, Block 1); the other is Viola Cemetery , Viola, Idaho (Plot 66, Grave 3).
The Medal of Honor Headstone is at the grave in Viola's Cemetery. The Medal of Honor stone was to be moved to the Moscow location but will now remain in Viola.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Union Navy during the Civil War as a Landsman on board the "USS Minnesota". He was awarded the CMOH fo rhis bravery in the combined Union Army and Naval assault and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina on January 15, 1865. His citation reads "Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Landsman Barter advanced to the top of the sandhill and partly through the breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark, when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms, and its colors". His Medal was awarded to him on June 22, 1865. Although the official citation lists the date of action as January 15, 1865, his medal is engraved with the date "Dec 1864 & Jan 1865". (bio by: Gayle Alvarez)
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