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Idaho's Medal Of Honor Recipients

The following lists the Medal of Honor Recipients and their connection to Idaho (Accredited to Idaho, Born in Idaho, Living in Idaho, Buried in Idaho, Earned their Medal in Idaho, Honorable Mention).

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GURDON H. BARTER~U.S. NAVY~CIVIL WAR

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BARTER, Gurdon H.
Service:
Navy
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
DOB:
1843
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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JOHN WESLEY CONAWAY~ARMY~CIVIL WAR

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CONAWAY, John Wesley
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Vicksburg, Mississippi, 22 May 1863
Entered Svc:
Hartford Indiana
DOB: 
19 September 1843 
POB:
Dearborn County, Indiana
Current Location:
Evergreen Cemetery 
Post Falls, Idaho (Lot 6, Block 30)

(Died 21 Nov 1913)

The Vicksburg campaign was waged from March 29 to July 4, 1863. It included battles in west-central Mississippi at Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River and numerous smaller battle fields. On the morning of May 22, General Grant launched what he hoped would be a crushing assault against Vicksburg. In the fighting that followed, the Union Infantry was repulsed and thrown back along a three-mile front. The Union Army suffered more than 3,000 casualties, and 97 Union soldiers earned Medals of Honor (the second largest single-day total in history.) Private John Conaway was one of eighty soldiers cited simply for "Gallantry in the charge of the 'volunteer storming party,' seemingly innocuous wording that actually denotes the fact that Private Conaway was at the head of his attacking force where the enemy fire was hottest and the danger the greatest.
Following the failed assault on May 22, a forty-seven day siege was laid against the city, which finally surrendered to Union forces on July 4.


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JOHN HENRY HAYS~ARMY~CIVIL WAR

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HAYS, John Henry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Columbus Georgia, 16 April 1865
Entered Svc:
Oskaloosa Iowa
DOB: 
4 August 1844
POB:
Jefferson County, Ohio
Current Location: Moscow Cemetery
, Moscow, Idaho (Block 7, Lot 25, Grave 4) (Died 27 Jan 1904).  His headstone has two dates but his actual date of death was 1904.  He was the Marshal for the town of Troy, Idaho and was killed in the line of duty.  


Notes:
   History has recorded the Confederate flag captured by Hays as that of "Austin's Battery."  However, Hays actual flag has been preserved by the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, and is the 2nd National Banner of the Confederate States of America, design adopted in May of 1863.  It was recently on display in the Iowa State Capitol. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Private, Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry. At the Battle of Columbus Georgia April 16, 1865, Private Hays was with the lead assault on Austin's Battery (C.S.A.). As his Company over took the position he not only captured the enemy flag but the bearer as well. A bloody battle said to have been unnecessary, if only people had known the war had ended at Appomatox Courthouse two weeks before. So this battle became known as the "Last Battle" of the Civil War.  (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

In a single engagement near Columbus, Georgia on 16 April 1865, five members of the 4th Iowa Cavalry and two members of the 3d Iowa Cavalry captured battle flags of their opponents. Each of these seven men, all from the State of Iowa, received Medals of Honor. John H. Hays, a private in Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry was cited for capturing both the flag and flag bearer of Austin's Battery of the Confederate States of America.

(Others involved in this action: Norman Bates, Edward Bebb, Horatio Birdsall, Richard Cosgriff, Richard Morgan, and Andrew Tibbets.)

 
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JAMES KEPHART~ARMY~CIVIL WAR

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KEPHART, James
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Vicksburg Mississippi, 19 May 1863
Entered Svc:
Dubuque, Iowa
DOB:
  22 April 1842
POB:
Venango County, Pennsylvania
Current Location: Elmwood Cemetery,

Gooding, Idaho (Grave 8, Lot B, Block 12) (Died 27 April 1932)


Note:  History recorded his date of death as 17 April 1932.  It was actually 27 April 1932.

At Vicksburg, Mississippi, on May 19, 1863, Private James Kephart noticed a severely wounded Union Army officer who was lying exposed upon the field of battle. Despite the close proximity of the enemy and a severe hail of fire, Private Kephart voluntarily risked his life to go to the aid of the wounded officer and assist him to a rear area of safety.
First Sergeant John Brown and Musician Orion Howe also earned Medals of Honor at Vicksburg on this date and in this battle.

James Kephart made his home in Webster City, Iowa where after the war he was active in veterans programs, serving as grand commander of the Winfield Scott Post No. 66, Department of Iowa, G.A.R. He also served as a member of the Webster City Board of Education for many years. He later moved to Gooding, Idaho, where he died in 1932.

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WILFRED CLARK~INDIAN CAMPAIGNS

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CLARK, Wilfred
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Big Hole, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 9 and 20 August 1877 respectively.
Entered Svc:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DOB: 
1841
POB:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current Location:
Lost in History, last known location was Cascade Montana.

Rank and Organization: Private, Company L, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Big Hole, Mont., 9 August 1877; at Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877.    Birth: Philadelphia Pa. Date of Issue: 28 February 1878. Private, Company L, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Big Hole, Mont., 9 August 1877; at Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877.    Birth: Philadelphia Pa. Date of Issue: 28 February 1878.

CITATION:

Conspicuous gallantry, especial skill as sharpshooter.

 

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HARRY GARLAND~INDIAN CAMPAIGNS

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GARLAND, Harry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May and 20 August 1877 respectively.
Entered Svc:
Indianapolis, Indiana
DOB: 
1844
POB:
Boston, Massachusetts
Current Location:
Fort Missoula Cemetery 
Montana, (North Section, Row I, Grave 3),

(Died either 7 or 21 May 1883) 
Note: History misrecorded his date of action and his burial location.  His date of death is still a bit of a mystery, most sources record the date of 7 May 1883.

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JOHN GREEN~INDIAN CAMPAIGNS

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GREEN, John
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Lava Beds, California, 17 January 1873
Entered Svc:
Columbus Ohio
DOB:
20 November 1825
POB:
Wurttemberg Germany
Current Location:
,Morris Hill Cemetery  Boise, Idaho (Grave 1, Lot 105, Block E) (Died 22 Nov 1908)

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Wars with the Plains Indians as Major of the 1st United States Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Lava Beds, California, on January, 17 1873. His citation reads "In order to reassure his command, this officer, in the most fearless manner and exposed to very great danger, walked in front of the line; the command thus encouraged, advanced over the lava upon the Indians who were concealed among the rocks". His Medal was awarded to him on November 18, 1897. He eventually recieved the brevet of Brigadier General, US Regular Army for his military service. (bio by: Gayle Alvarez)
 
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RICHARD C. HEISE~INDIAN CAMPAIGNS

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HEISE, Richard Clamor  
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
13 August through 31 October 1868
Entered Svc:
New York, New York
DOB:
12 December 1844
POB: Germany
Current Location: Hot Springs Cemetery , Heise Idaho (Died October 31, 1921


Notes:   History recorded his action date and location as Arizona, August-October 1868.  It was actually 13 August through 31 October 1868, vicinity of the Black Mountains of Arizona.  Mr. Heise was also the Founder of Heise Hot Springs, Heise, Idaho.

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Indian Campaigns. He served during the Wars with the Plains Indians as a Private in Company B, 8th United States Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in Arizona from August to October, 1868. His citation reads simply "Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians". His Medal was awarded to him on July 24, 1869. He eventually attained the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant. (bio by: Gayle Alvarez)
 
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CHARLES F. HUMPHREY~INDIAN CAMPAIGNS

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HUMPHREY, Charles Frederic
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Clearwater, Idaho, 11 July 1877
Entered Svc:
Buffalo, New York
DOB: 
2 September 1844
POB:
Cortland, New York
Current Location: Arlington National Cemetery
(4-3115), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 4 June 1926)

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. With the country in the midst of the Civil War, six months after his eighteenth birthday Humphrey ran away from school to enlist at Buffalo, New York in Light Battery E, 5th U.S. Artillery. For the next 44 years he served his country, rising through grades from Private to Quartermaster General. During the Civil War he saw service principally with the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac. He took part in the campaigns against the Nez Perce in 1877, the Snake Bannock in 1878, the Sioux in the winter of 1890-91, and the Shoshone-Snake in 1895. As a 1st Lieutenant of the 4th Artillery, he was honorably mentioned in orders and brevetted Captain for "gallant and meritorious services" against the Indians at the Clearwater in Idaho Territory on July 11, 1877. For his actions that day his citation reads: Voluntarily and successfully conducted, in the face of a withering fire, a party which recovered possession of an abandoned howitzer and 2 Gatling guns lying between the lines a few yards from the Indians. He also was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross.  (bio by: Ugaalltheway)

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WILLIAM H. JONES~INDIAN CAMPAIGNS

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JONES, William H.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May and 20 August 1877 respectively.
Entered Svc:
Louisville, Kentucky
DOB:
1842
POB:
Davidson County, North Carolina
Current Location:
Efland Methodist Church Cemetery, North Carolina (Died 23 Dec 1911)
Note:  The Farrier Award, presented annually to the Trooper of the Year in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment to recognize the most outstanding trooper in the Regiment, is named in honor of Farrier Jones.

Rank and Organization: Farrier, Company L, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Little Muddy Creek, Mont., 7 May 1877- at Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877. Entered Service At: Louisville, Ky. Birth: Davidson County, N.C. Date of Issue: 28 February 1878. Farrier, Company L, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Little Muddy Creek, Mont., 7 May 1877- at Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877. Entered Service At: Louisville, Ky. Birth: Davidson County, N.C. Date of Issue: 28 February 1878.

CITATION:

Gallantry in the attack against hostile Sioux Indians on May 7, 1877 at Muddy Creek, Mont., and in the engagement with Nez Perces Indians at Camas Meadows, Idaho, on 20 August 1877 in which he sustained a painful knee wound.

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