of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: First Lieutenant, Company A, 1st New York Cavalry. Place
and Date: At Chancellorsville, Va., 2 May 1863. Entered Service At: New York,
N.Y. Date Of Issue: 27 November 1896.
Volunteered to ascertain the character of approaching troops; rode up so closely as to
distinguish the features of the enemy, and as he wheeled to return they opened fire with
musketry, the Union troops returning same. Under a terrific fire from both sides
Lieutenant Thomson rode back unhurt to the Federal lines, averting a disaster to the Army
by his heroic act.
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