Organization: Company C, 61st New York Infantry
Entered Service: Staten Island, N.Y.
Birth: New York
Date Medal Issued: 10 February 1887
Date of Action: 17 September 1862.
Place of Action: Antietam, Md.
A Confederate regiment, the 4th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.), having planted its battle flag slightly in advance of the regiment, this officer rushed forward and seized it, and, although shot through the neck, retained the flag and brought it within the Union lines.
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It seems more likely that the flag was actually from the 44th Alabama, not the 4th. The 44th fought at the Sunken Road, but the 4th, part of Law's Brigade in Hood's Division, was on the northern part of the field that day.
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See the flag in question, returned home, from the Alabama State Archives.