Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry. Place
and date: At Knoxville, Tenn., 20 November 1863.
Entered service at: Ypsilanti,
Mich. Born: 2 September 1845, Lagrange County, Ind.
Date of issue: 17 April
Citation: Having voluntarily accompanied a small party to destroy
buildings within the enemy's lines whence sharpshooters had been firing,
disregarded an order to retire, remained and completed the firing of the
buildings, thus insuring their total destruction; this at the imminent
risk of his life from the fire of the advancing enemy.
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)