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Conflicting Information In the Honor Roll Of

Medal of Honor Recipients

 

 

Three years ago I began posting the pages of the HomeOfHeroes.com website.  During the period I have received hundreds of mail from Medal of Honor recipients, surviving family members of deceased MOH recipients, and MOH history buffs that have provided much additional, new, and/or corrected information on many heroes.  Initially I attempted to correct pages as this information came in.  At the same time I began work on a large MS© Access© database in what has been a 3-year project that has consumed thousands of hours of data input, cross-referencing of information, and database design.

That database is now almost completed (based upon the information I have at present...additional information will be added as I obtain it in future years).  I have deferred correction of many website pages to first complete this database which will allow me to print completely updated reports (Recipients by state, Burial Locations, etc.), then compare and quickly update the pages in our site.  During the months of August and September I hope to accomplish this task.  (Following which I will be correcting errors in any and all of the 3,451 citations available from our site.)

     Correcting the unofficial record:


As most Medal of Honor historians already know, there has been much confusion regarding many records over the years.  Thanks to old obituaries, e-mails from surviving relatives, and the help of many friends in historical societies around the country, I have been able to resolve many of the discrepancies in some of these records.  My goal is to prepare a database from which I can build this site to be as accurate a record as possible.

In my research I have used two common reference works predominantly, comparing data between them an other publications (Palimpsest, obituaries, other books and reference materials, etc.  The two primary sources I use are:

  • Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994  by Lang, Collins, & White
  • United States Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
       And their Official Citations published by Highland House II

When I find discrepancies between information in these two works, I often refer to other sources including:

  • Medal of Honor 1861 - 1949  published by the US Navy
  • Above and Beyond published by Boston Publishing (1985)
  • Acts of Bravery by W.F. Beyer and O.F. Keydel  (1994)
  • The Badge of Gallantry by Joseph B. Mitchell (1968)
  • Uncle Sam's Medal of Honor by Theodore Rodenbough (1886)
  • Edward Murphy's 3 Medal of Honor books (WWII, Korea, Vietnam)
  • Other books and autobiographies

In the table below are some of the discrepancies I've found in the first 250 records.  I invite you to review these and, if you have information to shed light on the correct information, please take time to share it with me.  When possible, please provide source or other information to make verification easier.

NOTE:  In most instances, unless indicated otherwise, the information to which I defer until I receive contrary verification, is the information researched and published by Lang, Collins, and White.  The term "Citation Book" refers to the Medal of Honor Citation book shown at right.

If you have copies of either or both of these books, this page will enable you to also make those corrections in your book(s).  Upon receiving information from credible sources to resolve this differences, we will link to a separate page showing the correct information so you can update your own books.

Conflicting Medal of Honor Recipient Data

War: Name: Data Conflicting Information/Source
Civil War Wheeler, Henry W. Born:  Sep 23, 1841 Citation Book shows DOB as 1842
Civil War Twombly, Voltare Died: Feb 24, 1918 at Des Moines, IA Palimpsest shows DOD as Feb 25
Civil War Carr, Eugene Born: March 20, 1830 Citation Book shows DOB as Mar 10
Civil War Langbein, Julius Born: Sep 22, 1845 Citation Book shows DOB as Sep 29
Civil War McKnight, William Born: May 03, 1842 Citation Book shows DOB as 1840
Civil War Conboy, Martin Rank at action:  First Sergeant Citation Book shows rank as Sergeant
Civil War Mackie, John Born: October 1, 1835 Citation Book Shows DOB as 1836
Civil War Forman, Alexander Unit:  Company C (7th MI Cavalry) Citation Book Shows Company E
Civil War Grant, Gabriel Born and Entered service in New Jersey Citation Book Shows entered service in New York
Civil War Hathaway, Edward Born: July 09, 1839 Citation Book Shows DOB as July 9, 1938
Civil War Bronner, August Place of Action:  June 30, 1862
  at White Oak Swamp, VA
Cite Book shows:  June 30, 1862 at White Oak Swamp AND also July 1, 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA
Civil War Levy, Benjamin Unit:  Company G (1st NY Infantry) Citation Book Shows: Company B
Civil War Shambaugh, Charles Unit:  Company B, (11th PA Reserves) Citation Book Shows: Company D
Civil War Wilson, John Moulder Birth:  Washington Territory (Cite Book) Lang Shows birth in Washington, DC
Civil War Corliss, George Entered Service at:  Hartford, CT Citation Book Shows:  New Haven, CT
Civil War Allen, James Born:  May 05, 1843 Citation Book Shows:  May 06, 1843
Civil War Hatch, John Entered Service at: Oswego, NY Citation Book Shows:  New York, NY
Civil War Curran, Richard Born:  January 04, 1834 Citation Book Shows:  January 04, 1838
Civil War Gresser, Ignaz Born:  August 15, 1835 Citation Book Shows:  August 15, 1832
Civil War Paul, William Buried: Wesleyan Chapel Cemetery
Havre De Grace, MD
No record of his burial at this cemetery
Civil War Burke, Daniel Place of Action: Shepherdstown Ford, WV Citation Book Shows: Shepherdstown Ford, VA
Civil War McCammon, William Born:  Shippensburg, PA Citation Book Shows POB as:  Ohio
Civil War Nolan, John Born:  June 24, 1842 Citation Book Shows DOB as: June 24, 1844
Civil War Bliss, Zenas Born:  Johnston, RI
Entered Service:  Johnston, RI
Cite Book shows POB:  Johnston, ME
Entered Service:  Johnston, ME
Civil War Copp, Charles Born:  April 11, 1836 Citation Book Shows DOB as:  April 12, 1840
Civil War Frick, Jacob Born:  January 23, 1825 Citation Book Shows DOB as:  January 23, 1838
Civil War Petty, Philip Born:  May 17, 1840
Entered Service: Troy, Bradford County, PA
Citation Book Shows DOB as:  May 07, 1840
Entered Service at:  Tioga County, PA
Civil War Quay, Matthew Entered Service:  Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA Citation Book Shows:  Beaver County, PA
Civil War Shiel, John Entered Service:  Philadelphia, PA
Buried:  Greenmount Cemetery, Phil., PA
Citation Boos Shows ES: Cressonville, PA
Cemetery has not record of him
Civil War Leon, Pierre Born:  August 23, 1838
     at France
Citation Book Shows DOB as: 1837
     at  New Orleans, LA
Civil War Robinson, Charles Born:  1840 Citation Book Shows DOB as:  1832
Civil War Martin, William
(There are 2 of them-
This is BWM Martin
Born:  September 22, 1835
  at New York, NY
Entered Service:  Cairo, IL
Citation Book Shows DOB as: 1842
  at Prussia
Entered Service at:  St. Louis, MO
Civil War Moore, William Born:  May 18, 1837 Citation Book Shows DOB as 1834
Civil War Horton, Lewis Born: May 26, 1842 Citation Book Shows DOB as 1839
Civil War Jones, John Born: August 25, 1841
  Entered Service At:  Acton, MA
Citation Book Shows DOB as: 1837
Accredited to:  New Hampshire
Civil War Logan, Hugh Date of Award is 1865 and Date of Death is
November 22 1903
Citation Book prints his name is (*) showing posthumous award.
Civil War Moore, George Entered Service:  Boston, MA Citation Book Accredits to PA
Civil War Smith, Charles H.
(The Navy One)
Not shown as KIA - Citation Follows Shown as KIA - Note citation difference
  LANG Book:
Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor,  30 December 1862.  Participating in the hazardous rescue of the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor,  Smith,  after rescuing several of the men,  became separated in a heavy gale with other members of the cutter that had set out from the Rhode Island,  and spent many hours in the small boat at the mercy of the weather and high seas until finally picked up by a schooner 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras.
MOH Citation Book:
On board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in rescuing men from the stricken Monitor in Mobile Bay, on December 30, 1862.  After the Monitor sprang a leak and went down, Smith courageously risked his life in a gallant attempt to rescue members of the crew.  Although he, too, lost his life during the hazardous operation, he had made every effort possible to save the lives of his fellow men.

(This is the same version ALSO used in the book MEDAL OF HONOR 1861-1949 Published by the US Navy.
       

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