CARNEY, WILLIAM H. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Sergeant, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry.
Place and date:   At Fort Wagner, S.C., 18 July 1863. Entered service at: New Bedford, Mass.

Birth:   Norfolk, Va.

Date of issue:   23 May 1900.

Citation:   When the color sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.

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)