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Henry W. Downs
Born (1844-08-29)August 29, 1844
Died July 2, 1911(1911-07-02) (aged 66)
Place of birth Jamaica, Vermont
Place of burial Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Second lieutenant
Unit 8th Vermont Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Opequon
Awards Medal of Honor

Henry W. Downs (August 29, 1844 – July 2, 1911) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Opequon more commonly called the Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia on September 19, 1864.[1] He is buried at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Henry W. Downs, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 September 1864, while serving with Company I, 8th Vermont Infantry, in action at Winchester, Virginia. With one comrade, Sergeant Downs voluntarily crossed an open field, exposed to a raking fire, and returned with a supply of ammunition, successfully repeating the attempt a short time thereafter.”[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Henry W. Downs". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  2. Holt, Dean W. (2010). American Military Cemeteries. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 79. ISBN 9780786440238. 

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