12 July 2009

Medal of Honor: W. H. Mathews


First Sergeant, Company E, 2d Maryland Veteran Infantry

Born: 3 March 1844, England
Died: 7 February 1928

Citation: Finding himself among a squad of Confederates [at Petersburg, Virginia, on 30 July 1864], he fired into them, killing 1, and was himself wounded, but succeeded in bringing in a sergeant and 2 men of the 17th South Carolina Regiment (C.S.A.) as prisoners.

Note: Mathews enlisted in 1861 at Baltimore under the name Henry Sivel, and his original Medal of Honor was issued under that name. A new medal was issued in 1900 under his true name, William H Mathews.

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