235,385 Pages

Leopold Karpeles
Born 1838
Died 1909 (aged 70–71)
Place of birth Prague, Bohemia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit 46th Massachusetts Volunteers
57th Massachusetts Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of North Anna
Awards Medal of Honor

Leopold Karpeles (1838–1909) was a flagbearer in the Union Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.


Born in Prague, to a Jewish family, Leopold moved to Texas when he was young. When war broke out and Texas seceded, he moved away to Massachusetts, where he enlisted.

Karpeles received the Medal of Honor for rallying retreating troops, inducing them to check the enemy's advance while under heavy fire on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 57th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., May 6, 1864. Entered service at: Springfield, Mass. Birth: Hungary. Date of issue: April 30, 1870.


While color bearer, rallied the retreating troops and induced them to check the enemy's advance.

See alsoEdit


This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).