WHITAKER, EDWARD W. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Captain, Company E, 1st Connecticut Cavalry.
Place and date:   At Reams Station, Va., 29 June 1864.

Entered service at:   Ashford, Conn. Born: 15 June 1841, Killingly, Conn.

Date of issue:   2 April 1898.

Citation:   While acting as an aide voluntarily carried dispatches from the commanding general to Gen. Meade, forcing his way with a single troop of Cavalry, through an Infantry division of the enemy in the most distinguished manner, though he lost half his escort.

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)