DOWNS, HENRY W. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Sergeant, Company I, 8th Vermont Infantry. Place and date: At Winchester, Va., 19 September 1864.

Entered service at:   Newfane, Vt.

Birth:   Jamaica, Vt.

Date of issue:   13 December 1893.

Citation:   With one comrade, voluntarily crossed an open field, exposed to a raking fire, and returned with a supply of ammunition, successfully repeating the attempt a short time thereafter.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)