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Two Federal Infantrymen Medal Of Honor Recipients of the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry

During the assault of the Confederate positions at Nashville in 1864, the 41st found itself in an untenable position, and was forced to withdraw. Several men, who had crawled through the enemy's outer defenses, found themselves trapped in a no-man's land between the abatis and the trenches. One of these men chose to leap into the trenches at that point, and was captured. Others simply hugged close to the ground, and waited for the attack to resume. Two men chose to watch for an opportunity, and when the morale of the Confederate forces began to waver, these men leapt to their feet, raced into the trenches, and manged to capture several prisoners, two battle flags, and four artillery pieces. The 41st soon arrived on the scene to reinforce their "attack". For this effort, they were awarded the Medal Of Honor in 1865. The notes below are the official Army records for their citations.

Garrett, William

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 41st Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Nashville, Tenn., 16 December 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: England. Date of issue: 24 February 1865. Citation: With several companions dashed forward, the first to enter the enemy's works, taking possession of 4 pieces of artillery and captured the flag of the 13th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).

Holcomb, Daniel I.

Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 41st Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Brentwood Hills, Tenn., 16 December 1864. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Hartford, Ohio. Date of issue. 22 February 1865. Citation. Capture of Confederate guidon.

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Date last updated 11/16/98

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