THOMSON, CLIFFORD - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   First Lieutenant, Company A, 1st New York Cavalry.
Place and date:   At Chancellorsville, Va., 2 May 1863.

Entered service at:   New York, N.Y.

Birth:   ?.

Date of issue:   27 November 1896.

Citation:   Volunteered to ascertain the character of approaching troops; rode up so closely as to distinguish the features of the enemy, and as he wheeled to return they opened fire with musketry, the Union troops returning same. Under a terrific fire from both sides Lieutenant Thomson rode back unhurt to the Federal lines, averting a disaster to the Army by his heroic act.

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)