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Aaron B. Tompkins
Born (1844-02-02)February 2, 1844
Died November 27, 1931(1931-11-27) (aged 87)
Place of birth Orange, New Jersey
Place of death Essex County, New Jersey
Buried at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Second lieutenant
Unit 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry Company G
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Aaron B. Tompkins (February 2, 1844–November 27, 1931) was a cavalry soldier who received the Medal of Honor while serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Military careerEdit

He was serving as a Sergeant in Company G, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry when he performed his act of bravery at the April 5, 1865 Battle of Sailor's Creek, Virginia.

His Medal was awarded to him on July 3, 1865, with a citation that reads "Charged into the enemy's ranks and captured a battle flag, having a horse shot under him and his cheeks and shoulders cut with a saber."

He died in Essex County, New Jersey, and was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.[1] His grave can be found in the Lawn Section, Lot 31, Grave 6.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and date: At Sailors Creek, Va., April 5, 1865. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Orange, Essex County, N.J. Date of issue: July 3, 1865.

Citation:

Charged into the enemy's ranks and captured a battle flag, having a horse shot under him and his cheeks and shoulders cut with a saber.[2]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Aaron B. Tompkins". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4093. Retrieved December 7, 2007. 
  2. "Aaron B. Tompkins entry, Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071214025502/http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved December 7, 2007. 

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