U.S. Army

WILLIAM J CARSON

Rank:

Musician

Conflict/Era:

U.S. Civil War

Unit/Command:

Company E, 1st Battalion, 15th U.S. Infantry

Military Service Branch:

U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Action Date:

September 19, 1863

Medal of Honor Action Place:

Chickamauga, Georgia

Citation:

At a critical stage in the battle when the 14th Corps lines were wavering and in disorder, he on his own initiative bugled "to the colors" amid the 18th U.S. Infantry who formed by him, and held the enemy. Within a few minutes he repeated his action amid the wavering 2d Ohio Infantry. This bugling deceived the enemy who believed reinforcements had arrived. Thus, they delayed their attack.

Additional Information:

Awarded Posthumously:

No

Born:

August 10, 1840, Washington County, Pennsylvania

Died:

December 13, 1913, Indianapolis, Indiana

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