This post marks the end of my multi-part series about the men who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery in trans-Mississippi actions. The two men who earned the Medal of Honor for actions in 1865 were:
1) ELISE, WILLIAM
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company K, 3d Wisconsin Cavalry. Place and date: At,
2) ROBINSON, JAMES H.
Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 3d Michigan Cavalry. Place and date: At Brownsville, Ark., 27 January 1865. Entered service at:
Some of the information below was presented in an earlier posting, but I felt it made for a useful conclusion as well. As an aside, overall many Medals of Honor were presented for the capture of an enemy banner, but not a single trans-Mississippi citation specifically mentions the capture of an enemy flag. Admittedly, some of the citations are worded vaguely, but it is an interesting contrast to the citations for actions east of the
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? By contrast, 59 Medals of Honor were awarded for acts of bravery at the battle of
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