U.S. Colored Troops and Sailor Awarded Medal of Honor

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    The President of the United States
    in the name of
    The Congress
    takes pleasure in presenting the

    Medal of Honor

    to

    SGT. THOMAS BOYNE CITATION DOCUMENT

      Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Mimbres Mountains, N. Mex., 29 May 1879; at Cuchillo Negro River near Ojo Caliente, N. Mex., 27 September 1879.   Birth: Prince Georges County, Md. Date of Issue: 6 January 1882. Sergeant, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Mimbres Mountains, N. Mex., 29 May 1879; at Cuchillo Negro River near Ojo Caliente, N. Mex., 27 September 1879.   Birth: Prince Georges County, Md. Date of Issue: 6 January 1882.

      CITATION:

      Bravery in action.

      DIED: 1896

      BURIED: US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
      Washington
      District of Columbia
      District Of Columbia, USA
      Plot: Section J-5859

      SGT. JOHN DENNY CITATION DOCUMENT

        Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Las Animas Canyon, N. Mex., 18 September 1879. Entered Service At: 1867 Elmira, N.Y. Birth: Big Flats, N.Y. Date of Issue: 27 November 189i. Sergeant, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Las Animas Canyon, N. Mex., 18 September 1879. Entered Service At: 1867 Elmira, N.Y. Birth: Big Flats, N.Y. Date of Issue: 27 November 1891

        CITATION:

        Removed a wounded comrade, under a heavy fire, to a place of safety.

        In action with hostile Indian warriors at Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico, on September 18, 1879, Sergeant John Denny braved a withering enemy fire to remove a wounded comrade from danger He was one of three men who earned Medals of Honor in the Las Animas Canyon battle. The other two men awarded Medals of Honor in that battle were: Second Lieutenant Robert Emmet and Second Lieutenant Matthias Day.

        DIED: 1901

        BURIED: US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
        Washington
        District of Columbia
        District Of Columbia, USA
        Plot: Section K, Grave 7020

        SGT. HENRY JOHNSON

          Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company D, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Milk River, Colo., 2-5 October 1879. Birth: Boynton, Va. Date of Issue: 22 September 1890. Sergeant, Company D, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Milk River, Colo., 2-5 October 1879. Birth: Boynton, Va. Date of Issue: 22 September 1890.

          CITATION:

          Voluntarily left fortified shelter and under heavy fire at close range made the rounds of the pits to instruct the guards, fought his way to the creek and back to bring water to the wounded.

          After what appeared to be successful negotiations with five chiefs at the White River Agency in efforts to avoid hostility, the cavalry encountered a large Indian force on September 29, 1879. Major Thornburg again opened negotiations, but talks broke down and turned into gunfire. The cavalry troops were pushed back towards their wagon train at Milk River, and serious fighting continued throughout the day. Sergeant Henry Johnson received the Medal of Honor for "gallantry in action" during the three day battle and in continuing skirmishes through October 5. His citation notes that he "Voluntarily left fortified shelter and under heavy fire at close range made the rounds of the pits to instruct the guards, fought his way to the creek and back to bring water to the wounded." In all, eleven soldiers earned the Medal of Honor during the three-day battle. A twelfth was awarded for the final action in the White River Agency/Milk River battle on October 20.

          SGT. GEORGE JORDAN

            Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Fort Tularosa, N. Mex., 14 May 1880; at Carrizo Canyon, N. Mex., 12 August 1881. Entered Service At: Nashville, Tenn. Birth: Williamson County, Tenn. Date of Issue: 7 May 1890. Sergeant, Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Fort Tularosa, N. Mex., 14 May 1880; at Carrizo Canyon, N. Mex., 12 August 1881. Entered Service At: Nashville, Tenn. Birth: Williamson County, Tenn. Date of Issue: 7 May 1890.

            CITATION:

            While commanding a detachment of 25 men at Fort Tularosa, N. Mex., repulsed a force of more than 100 Indians. At Carrizo Canyon, N . Mex., while commanding the right of a detachment of 19 men, on 12 August 1881, he stubbornly held his ground in an extremely exposed position and gallantly forced back a much superior number of the enemy, preventing them from surrounding the command.

            DIED: Oct. 24, 1904

            BURIED: Fort McPherson National Cemetery
            Maxwell
            Lincoln County
            Nebraska

            SGT. THOMAS SHAW

              Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Carrizo Canyon, N. Mex., 12 August 1881. Entered Service At: Pike County, Mo. Birth: Covington, Ky. Date of Issue: 7 December 1890. Sergeant, Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Carrizo Canyon, N. Mex., 12 August 1881. Entered Service At: Pike County, Mo. Birth: Covington, Ky. Date of Issue: 7 December 1890.

              CITATION:

              Forced the enemy back after stubbornly holding his ground in an extremely exposed position and prevented the enemy's superior numbers from surrounding his command.

              Sergeant Thomas Shaw and Sergeant George Jordan were part of a small detachment of nineteen cavalrymen that was attacked while holding an important position at Carrizo Canyon, New Mexico, on August 12, 1881. Though vastly outnumbered, the two non-commissioned officers gallantly led their troops in forcing the enemy back, holding their ground in an extremely exposed position, thereby preventing the numerically superior force from surrounding their command. Both non-coms were awarded the Medal of Honor for their gallant leadership in this battle.

              DIED: Jun. 23, 1895

              BURIED: Arlington National Cemetery
              Arlington
              Arlington County
              Virginia, USA
              Plot: Section 27 lot 952 map grid BB 48.

              SGT. EMANUEL STANCE

                Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company F, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Kickapoo Springs, Tex., 20 May 1870. Birth: Carroll Parish, La. Date of Issue: 28 June 1870. Sergeant, Company F, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Kickapoo Springs, Tex., 20 May 1870. Birth: Carroll Parish, La. Date of Issue: 28 June 1870.

                CITATION:

                Gallantry on scout after Indians.

                In two years Sergeant Emanuel Stance had five encounters with hostile Indians. In May of 1870 his Company rode out from Fort McKavett, Texas, to punish the Kickapoo Indians for raiding local settlements and to look for two captured children. With a detachment of only ten privates, he attacked a band of Indians herding stolen horses. He immediately gave the order to charge, scattering the Indians and capturing the horses. He and his men spent a hair-raising night camped at Kickapoo Springs listening to the Indians' war dance just beyond the hills. It was for this action he was awarded the Medal of Honor. The next day he attacked a band of hostiles about to ambush two government wagons, and when attacked by the same band later in the day, coolly turned his men about and drove his antagonists off, capturing six more ponies. Later, while watering their horses at a spring, his men were attacked by the Indians. After Sergeant Stance and his men returned fire the Indians retreated quickly, leaving the intrepid sergeant and his little troop proceeded on their way and recovered the two captured white children.

                DIED:Dec. 25, 1887

                BURIED: Fort McPherson National Cemetery
                Maxwell
                Lincoln County
                Nebraska

                SGT. MOSES WILLIAMS

                  Rank and Organization: First Sergeant, Company I, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Birth: Carrollton, La. Date of Issue: 12 November 1896. First Sergeant, Company I, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Birth: Carrollton, La. Date of Issue: 12 November 1896.

                  CITATION:

                  Rallied a detachment, skillfully conducted a running flght of 3 or 4 hours, and by his coolness, bravery, and unflinching devotion to duty in standing by his commanding officer in an exposed position under a heavy fire from a large party of Indians saved the lives of at least 3 of his comrades.

                  Indian Campaigns Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a First Sergeant, Company I, 9th U.S. Cavalry at the foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains, New. Mexico. On August 16, 1881, in a running 3 to 4 hour flight, he skillfully conducted his detachment. With coolness, bravery, and devotion to duty he stood by his commanding officer in an exposed position under heavy fire from a large party of Indians and saved the lives of 3 of his comrades. He was one 18 African American Buffalo Soldiers that was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Indian Wars.  (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

                  DIED: Aug. 23, 1899

                  BURIED: Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery
                  Vancouver
                  Clark County
                  Washington, USA
                  Plot: 8W-393

                  SGT. WILLIAM WILSON

                    First Award - Indian Campaigns

                    Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company I, 4th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Colorado Valley, Tex.,  28 March 1872. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date of issue: 27 April 1872.

                    CITATION: **In pursuit of a band of cattle thieves from New Mexico.

                    Second Award - Indian Campaigns

                    Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company I,  4th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Red River, Tex.,  29 September 1872.  Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date of issue: 27 April 1872.

                    CITATION:

                    Distinguished conduct in action with Indians, Red River, Tex.

                    Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army as a sergeant, and he was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was awarded two Medals of Honor for action at Colorado Valley, Texas, on March 28, 1872, during the Indian Campaigns, and at Red River, Texas, on September 29, 1872, during the Indian Campaigns. (bio by: Gravedude97)

                    DIED: Dec. 22, 1895

                    BURIED: San Francisco National Cemetery
                    San Francisco
                    San Francisco County
                    California**

                    SGT. BRENT WOODS

                      Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company B, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: New Mexico, 19 August 1881. Entered Service At: Louisville, Ky. Birth: Pulaski County, Ky. Date of Issue: 12 July 1894. Sergeant, Company B, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: New Mexico, 19 August 1881. Entered Service At: Louisville, Ky. Birth: Pulaski County, Ky. Date of Issue: 12 July 1894.

                      CITATION:

                      Saved the lives of his comrades and citizens of the detachment.

                      After hostile Indians attacked a ranch near Camp Canada Alamosa, New Mexico, Second Lieutenant George Burnett took the first available detachment to pursue and attack the hostile Apache marauders. With a fifty-man force, some of whom were mounted Mexicans from the plundered ranch, he located and attacked the hostile force that outnumbered his small command two-to-one. Three days after that battle at Cuchillo Negro Mountains where three men earned Medals of Honor, Sergeant Brent Woods was part of a twenty-man detachment that again engaged the hostile force. During that battle Sergeant Woods distinguished himself not only as a brave and gallant fighter, but also in the heroic manner in which he went to the assistance of his wounded comrades and injured citizens near McEver's ranch. His actions under fire saved many wounded and innocent civilians from falling into the hands of the hostile Indians.

                      DIED: Mar. 31, 1906

                      BURIED: Mill Springs National Cemetery
                      Nancy
                      Pulaski County
                      Kentucky, USA
                      Plot: Section A, Grave 930

                      CORP. CLINTON GREAVES

                        Rank and Organization: Corporal, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Florida Mountains, N. Mex., 24 January 1877. Entered Service At: Prince Georges County, Md. Birth: Madison County, Va. Date of Issue: 26 June 1879. Corporal, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Florida Mountains, N. Mex., 24 January 1877. Entered Service At: Prince Georges County, Md. Birth: Madison County, Va. Date of Issue: 26 June 1879.

                        CITATION:

                        While part of a small detachment to persuade a band of renegade Apache Indians to surrender, his group was surrounded. Cpl. Greaves in the center of the savage hand-to-hand fighting, managed to shoot and bash a gap through the swarming Apaches, permitting his companions to break free .

                        CORP. ISAIAH MAYS

                          Rank and Organization: Corporal, Company B, 24th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: Arizona, 11 May 1889. Entered Service At: Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Born: 16 February 1858, Carters Bridge, Va. Date of Issue: 19 February 1890. Corporal, Company B, 24th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: Arizona, 11 May 1889. Entered Service At: Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Born: 16 February 1858, Carters Bridge, Va. Date of Issue: 19 February 1890.

                          CITATION:

                          Gallantry in the fight between Paymaster Wham's escort and robbers. Mays walked and crawled 2 miles to a ranch for help.