PURCELL, HIRAM W. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Sergeant, Company G, 104th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Place and date:   At Fair Oaks, Va., 31 May 1862.

Entered service at:   ?.

Birth:   Bucks County, Pa.

Date of issue:   12 May 1894.

Citation:   While carrying the regimental colors on the retreat he returned to face the advancing enemy, flag in hand, and saved the other color, which would otherwise have been captured.

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)