PAYNE, THOMAS H. L. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   First Lieutenant, Company E, 37th Illinois Infantry.
Place and date:   At Fort Blakely, Ala., 9 April 1865.

Entered service at:   Mendota, La Salle County, Ill. Born: 5 October 1840, Boston, Mass. Date of issue: 1 April 1898.

Citation:   While acting regimental quartermaster, learning of an expected assault, requested assignment to a company that had no commissioned officers present; was so assigned, and was one of the first to lead his men into the enemy's works.

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)