25 March 2012

Medal of Honor: W. H. Carney


Sergeant, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry

Born: Norfolk, Virginia

Citation: When the color sergeant was shot down [at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on 18 July 1863], this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.

Note: Carney was the first black man to earn the Medal of Honor, though Robert Blake was the first to actually receive it.

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