APPLETON, WILLIAM H. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   First Lieutenant, Company H, 4th U.S. Colored Troops.
Place and date:   At Petersburg, Va., 15 June 1864; At New Market Heights, Va., 29 September 1864.

Entered service at:   Portsmouth, N.H. Born: 24 March 1843, Chichester, N.H.

Date of issue:   18 February 1891.

Citation:   The first man of the Eighteenth Corps to enter the enemy's works at Petersburg, Va., 15 June 1864. Valiant service in a desperate assault at New Market Heights, Va., inspiring the Union troops by his example of steady courage.

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)