b. 12/08/1855 Madison County, Virginia. d. 18/08/1906 Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/01/1877 Florida Mountains, New Mexico.
Greaves was born in Madison County, Virginia on August 12, 1855. He joined the Army from Prince George's County, Maryland in September 1872, and by January 24, 1877 was serving as a Corporal in Company C of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. On that day, Greaves was part of a detachment which participated in an engagement in the Florida Mountains of New Mexico. For his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor two years later, on June 26, 1879.
Greaves served in the army for over 20 years, and reached the rank of Sergeant his discharge in 1893. After his army service, he worked as a civilian for the Quartermaster Department.
While part of a small detachment to persuade a band of renegade Apache Indians to surrender, his group was surrounded. Cpl. Greaves in the center of the savage hand-to-hand fighting, managed to shoot and bash a gap through the swarming Apaches, permitting his companions to break free.
BURIAL LOCATION: GREEN LAWN CEMETERY, COLUMBUS, OHIO.
Plot: Section 27, lot 88
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Fort Bayard, New Mexico Statue to Buffalo Soldiers modelled on Clinton Greaves MOH