PORTER, AMBROSE - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Commissary Sergeant, Company D, 12th Missouri Cavalry.
Place and date:   At Tallahatchie River, Miss., 7 August 1864. Entered service at: Rockport, Atchison County, Mo.

Birth:   Allegany County, Md.

Date of issue:   24 August 1905.

Citation:   Was 1 of 4 volunteers who swam the river under a brisk fire of the enemy's sharpshooters and brought over a ferry boat by means of which the troops crossed and dislodged the enemy from a strong position.

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)