|Medal of Honor Recipients for the Battle of Seven Pines
THOMAS T. FALLON
Private, Company K, 37th NY Inf; entered service at
Freehold, NJ; place of birth: Ireland. Participant in action at
Fair Oaks, VA, though excused from duty because of disability.
ALEXANDER A. FORMAN
Corporal, Company E., 7th MI Inf; entered service at Jonesville, MI;
place of birth: Scipio, MI. Although wounded, he continued fighting
until fainting from loss of blood, he was carried off the field.
SAMUEL S. FRENCH
Private, Company E, 7th MI inf; entered service at Gifford, MI;
place of birth: Erie County, NY. Continued fighting, although
wounded, until he fainted from loss of blood.
Surgeon, US Volunteers; entered service at New York; place of birth:
Newark, NJ. Removed severely wounded officers and soldiers from the
field, while under a heavy fire from the enemy, exposing himself beyond
the call of duty, thus furnishing an example of most distinguished gallantry.
FRANK W. HASKELL
Sergeant Major, 3rd Maine Inf; entered service at Waterville, Maine;
place of birth: Benton, Maine. Assumed command of a portion of the left
wing of his regiment, all the company officers present having been killed
or disabled, led it gallantly across a stream and contributed most
effectively to the success of the action.
OLIVER O. HOWARD
Brigadier General, US Volunteers; entered service at Maine; place of birth:
Leeds, Maine. Led the 61st NY Infantry in a charge in which he was twice
severely wounded in the right arm, necessitating amputation.
JAMES R. O'BEIRNE
Captain, Company C, 37th NY Inf; place of birth: Ireland.
Gallantly maintained the line of battle until ordered to fall back.
HIRAM W. PURCELL
Sergeant, Company G, 104th PA Inf; place of birth: Bucks County, PA
While carrying the regimental colors on the retreat, he returned to face
the advancing enemy, flag in hand, and saved the other color,
which would otherwise have been captured.
WILLIAM R. SHAFTER
First Lieutenant, Company I, 7th MI Inf; entered service at Galesburg, MI; place
of birth: Kalamazoo, MI. Lt. Shafter was engaged in bridge construction and, not
being needed there, returned with his men to engage the enemy, participating in a
charge across an open field that resulted in casualties to 18 of the 22 men. At
the close of the battle, his horse was shot from under him and he was severely
flesh wounded. He remained on the field that day and stayed to fight the next day,
only by concealing his wounds. In order not to be sent home with the wounded, he
kept his wounds concealed for another 3 days, until other wounded had left the area.
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