Recently, I wondered how many Medals of Honor had been awarded for actions in the trans-Mississippi during the Civil War. So….I found out! There are several lists of the 1,522 recipients of the Medal of Honor during the Civil War on the internet. I used the A-L list and the M-Z list from the U. S. Army’s
The total number of soldiers and sailors who received the Medal of Honor for actions in the trans-Mississippi totaled 68; that equals approximately 4.5% of all the Medals of Honor issued during the war. Not a very big percentage is it?
Of the 68 Medals awarded, 48.5% were given to those who served in the Army and 51.4% were given to members of the Navy.
The trans-Mississippi action that resulted in the most Medals of Honor awarded were the twenty issued to sailors for their actions at
The number of Medals of Honor awarded by year:
The number of Medals of Honor awarded for action in a specific state or territory (if a state or territory is not listed then no Medal of Honor was awarded for action in that place):
Three army units had three Medal of Honor recipients each. They were:
Two sets of brothers received Medals of Honor in the trans-Mississippi. They were:
William C. Black and John C. Black of the 37th
James B. Pond and George F. Pond of the 3rd
Future blog postings will provide the list of all 68 men with a description of their act of valor.