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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 04/09/1826 Newark, New Jersey. d. 08/11/1909 Manhattan, New York.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 01/06/1862 Fair Oaks, Virginia.

 

Grant obtained A.B. and A.M. degrees from Williams College in 1846 and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1851. In 1852, he worked as a surgeon in Panama during the height of the California Gold Rush (when hordes of prospectors traveled across the isthmus on their way to the gold fields by sea) and organized the American Hospital the following year. While there, he also edited the Panama Herald. He then returned to practice medicine in his hometown of Newark. In 1854, he was part of a special commission set up to fight the cholera epidemic in the city.

 

With the onset of the Civil War, he served as the surgeon of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers from June to October of 1861. He was a member of French's Brigade during the Battle of Fair Oaks (better known as the Battle of Seven Pines), where his actions on June 1, 1862, earned him the Medal of Honor (awarded July 21, 1897).

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Removed severely wounded officers and soldiers from the field while under a heavy fire from the enemy, exposing himself beyond the call of duty, thus furnishing an example of most distinguished gallantry.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY, SLEEPY HOLLOW, NEW YORK.

Plot: Family Plot, Section 57 (Gibeon)

 

 

Gabriel Grant

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