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Richard J. Gage
Born 1842
Died April 28, 1903 (aged 60–61)
Place of birth Grafton County, New Hampshire
Place of burial Woodside Cemetery, Seneca, LaSalle County, Illinois
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit Company D, 104th Illinois Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Richard J. Gage (1842 – April 28, 1903[1]) was a soldier in the 104th Illinois Infantry during the American Civil War. On July 2, 1863 he volunteered for an attack on a blockhouse by the Elk River in Tennessee.[2] On October 30, 1897 he received the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration in the U.S. military, for his participation in this action.[3][4][5]

Gage joined the 104th Illinois Infantry in August 1862, Following his MOH action, he was captured at the Battle of Chickamauga, and was incarcerated at Libby Prison for the next 6 months. He was discharged in February 1865.[6]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Gage's Medal of Honor citation reads:

Voluntarily joined a small party that, under a heavy fire, captured a stockade and saved the bridge.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Richard J. Gage". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. Stanley, Charles (2008-08-22). "7 from 'The La Salle County Regiment' earned Medals of Honor for same deed". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. "GAGE, RICHARD J.". Civil War (A - L Index), Full-Text Citations. U.S. Army. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  4. "Illinois Medal of Honors". Illinois National Guard. Retrieved 2009-08-08. [dead link]
  5. "GAGE, RICHARD J.". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  6. Short Biography

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