b. 15/04/1834 Fulton, New York. d. 05/05/1912 East Orange, New Jersey.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/05/1863 Chancellorsville, Virginia.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as the First Lieutenant of Company A, 1st New York Volunteer Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 2, 1863. His Medal was issued on November 27, 1896. He received the brevet of Major, US Volunteers for his war service.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: HOLY SEPULCHRE CEMETERY, EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY.
Saints John & Paul Path, Lot 10, Grave 4
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