b. 29/08/1844 Jamaica, Vermont. d. 02/07/1911 Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 19/09/1864 Winchester, Virginia.
He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Opequon more commonly called the Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia on September 19, 1864.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Henry W. Downs, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 September 1864, while serving with Company I, 8th Vermont Infantry, in action at Winchester, Virginia. With one comrade, Sergeant Downs voluntarily crossed an open field, exposed to a raking fire, and returned with a supply of ammunition, successfully repeating the attempt a short time thereafter.
BURIAL LOCATION: DAYTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, DAYTON, OHIO.
Section Q, Row 7, Grave 24