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John Henry Patterson
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Born: February 10, 1843(1843-02-10)
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Died: October 5, 1920 (aged 77)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: First Lieutenant
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Unit: 11th U.S. Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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John Henry Patterson (February 10, 1843 – October 5, 1920) was a Union soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for courage under fire at the Battle of the Wilderness.


Patterson was born in New York City and joined the United States Army there. On May 5, 1864, under heavy fire from Confederate forces, Patterson left cover to rescue a wounded officer, who was in danger of both capture and death, as the forest near where he had fallen had caught fire during the battle. Patterson picked up the officer and carried him several hundred yards to safety.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and Organization:

First Lieutenant, 11th U.S. Infantry.Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Entered service at: New York. Birth: New York. Date of issue: July 23, 1897.


Under the heavy fire of the advancing enemy, picked up and carried several hundred yards to a place of safety a wounded officer of his regiment who was helpless and would otherwise have been burned in the forest.[1]

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