|Died||1928 (aged 78–79)|
|Place of birth||Arkansas|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1870 - 1877, 1879 - 1880|
|Unit||Black Seminole Scouts, 24th Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Indian Wars|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Pompey Factor (1849 – March 1928) was a Black Seminole who served as a United States Army Indian Scout and received America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the Western United States.
After having lived in Mexico for the past two decades, Factor and other Black Seminoles joined the US Army as Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts in August 1870, and served in the Red River War. On April 25, 1875, he was serving as a private by the Pecos River in Texas where, "[w]ith 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol." A month later, on May 28, 1875, Factor was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the engagement. Two of the other men who took part in the charge, Isaac Payne and John Ward, both Black Seminoles, also received Medals of Honor.
Following the fatal shooting of his former fellow scout Adam Paine in early 1877, Factor deserted and fled back to Mexico. He later surrendered himself and was allowed to rejoin the army, eventually being discharged in November 1880.
Factor died at age 78 or 79 and was buried at the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery in Brackettville, Texas.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Private, Indian Scouts. Place and date: At Pecos River, Tex., April 25, 1875. Entered service at:------. Birth: Arkansas. Date of issue: May 28, 1875.
With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol.
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars
- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Native American Medal of Honor recipients
- "Pompey Factor". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18148. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- "Indian War Period Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2005-04-19. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/indianwars.html. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
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