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Isaac H. Carmin
Born (1841-11-17)November 17, 1841
Died June 3, 1919(1919-06-03) (aged 77)
Place of birth Monmouth County, New Jersey
Place of death Washington Court House, Ohio
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service September 9, 1861 to December 1, 1864
Rank Corporal
Unit Ohio Company A, 48th Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Vicksburg
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Corporal Isaac H. Carmin (November 17, 1841 to June 3, 1919) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Carmin received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Vicksburg in Mississippi on 22 May 1863. He was honored with the award on 25 February 1895.[1][2][3]


Carmin was born on 17 November 1841 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He enlisted into the 48th Ohio Infantry as a private on 9 September 1861.[4] He was promoted to corporal on 1 May 1863 and by the 22nd of May he performed the act of gallantry that earned him the Medal of Honor. On that day his company was part of a general assault on a fort during the second major assault in the Battle of Vicksburg. Carmin was serving as color guard and, though severely wounded in the leg by a bayonet, prevented the capture of the colors by the Confederate forces.[5]

Carmin was involved in other battles including at "Shiloh, Holly Springs, Corinth, Chickasaw Bluffs, Post [of] Arkansas, Port Gibson [and] Champion Hills". He also served a period of detached service aboard the Gunboat Chillicothe between 23 January 1863 and 18 April 1863. He was captured as a prisoner of war from 8 April 1864 until he was exchanged on 3 November 1864. He mustered out of service on 1 December 1864.[5]

Carmin died on 3 June 1919.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Saved his regimental flag; also seized and threw a shell, with burning fuse, from among his comrades.[1][2][3]

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