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Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Citation

First Lieutenant

Clifford Thomson

Organization: Company A, 1st New York Cavalry

Entered Service: New York, N.Y.

Birth: unknown

Date Medal Issued: 27 November 1896.

Date of Action: 2 May 1863.

Place of Action: Chancellorsville, Va.


Volunteered to ascertain the character of approaching troops; rode up so closely as to distinguish the features of the enemy, and as he wheeled to return they opened fire with musketry, the Union troops returning same. Under a terrific fire from both sides Lieutenant Thomson rode back unhurt to the Federal lines, averting a disaster to the Army by his heroic act.


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