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William Westerhold
Personal Information
Born: January 21, 1836(1836-01-21)
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Died: May 12, 1910 (aged 74)
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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: 52nd New York Infantry
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Battles: American Civil War
 • Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Awards: Medal of Honor
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William Westerhold (January 21, 1836 – May 12, 1910) was a sergeant in the United States Army during the American Civil War. He received a Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government, for his actions at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864.

Military service[]

Emigrating from Prussia in an unknown year, Westerhold enlisted in the Union army, and was assigned to the 52nd New York Infantry, Company G, where he served as a sergeant. He eventually attained the rank of first lieutenant.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania, Virginia. He is credited with risking his life to capture the flag of a Confederate Army regiment, the 23rd Virginia Infantry.

Medal of Honor citation[]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant William Westerhold, United States Army, for, Capture of flag of 23d Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.) and its bearer.

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