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Aaron B. Tompkins
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Born: February 2, 1844(1844-02-02)
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Died: November 27, 1931 (aged 87)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Sergeant
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Unit: Company G, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry
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Awards: Medal of Honor
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Aaron B. Tompkins (February 2, 1844–November 27, 1931) was a cavalry soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Military career[]

He was serving as a Sergeant in Company G, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry when he performed his act of bravery at the April 5, 1865 Battle of Sailor's Creek, Virginia.

His Medal was awarded to him on July 3, 1865, with a citation that reads "Charged into the enemy's ranks and captured a battle flag, having a horse shot under him and his cheeks and shoulders cut with a saber."

He died in Essex County, New Jersey, and was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.[1] His grave can be found in the Lawn Section, Lot 31, Grave 6.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 1st New Jersey Cavalry. Place and date: At Sailors Creek, Va., April 5, 1865. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Orange, Essex County, N.J. Date of issue: July 3, 1865.

Citation:

Charged into the enemy's ranks and captured a battle flag, having a horse shot under him and his cheeks and shoulders cut with a saber.[2]

See also[]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Aaron B. Tompkins at Find a Grave Retrieved on December 7, 2007
  2. "Aaron B. Tompkins entry, Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved December 7, 2007. 

References[]

  • Bilby, Joseph G. and Goble, William C., "Remember You Are Jerseymen: A Military History of Jersey's Troops in the Civil War", Longstreet House, Hightstown, June 1998. ISBN 0-944413-54-4.
  • Lang, George, Collins, Raymond L., and White, Gerald, Medal of Honor recipients 1863-1994, 1995 ISBN 0-816032-59-9
  • Stryker, William S., "Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-1865", Trenton, New Jersey, 1876.
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