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Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Citation

Sergeant Major

William B. Hincks

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Organization: 14th Connecticut Infantry

Entered Service: Bridgeport, Conn.

Birth: Bucksport, Me.

Date Medal Issued: 1 December 1864

Date of Action: 3 July 1863

Place of Action: Gettysburg, Pa.


During the highwater mark of Pickett's charge on 3 July 1863 the colors of the 14th Tenn. Inf. C.S.A. were planted 50 yards in front of the center of Sgt. Maj. Hincks' regiment. There were no Confederates standing near it but several were lying down around it. Upon a call for volunteers by Maj. Ellis, commanding, to capture this flag, this soldier and 2 others leaped the wall. One companion was instantly shot. Sgt. Maj. Hincks outran his remaining companion running straight and swift for the colors amid a storm of shot. Swinging his saber over the prostrate Confederates and uttering a terrific yell, he seized the flag and hastily returned to his lines. The 14th Tenn. carried 12 battle honors on its flag. The devotion to duty shown by Sgt. Maj. Hincks gave encouragement to many of his comrades at a crucial moment of the battle.


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