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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 28/07/1831 Washington, Pennsylvania. d. 14/01/1908 Washington, Pennsylvania.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/04/1864 Sayler's Creek, Virginia.

 

Boon was born on 28 July 1831 to James and Margaret Miller Boone in Washington, Pennsylvania. Prior to the outbreak of the war, Boon was involved in the grocery business. He first joined the war efforts as a volunteer in the three month service and later enlisted into the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry in August 1861, where he was eventually promoted to captain.

 

On 6 April 1865 Boon mounted his horse and entered the enemy's camp during the Battle of Sayler's Creek, capturing a flag in the process. It is for this act of gallantry that he was presented with the Medal of Honor. During the war Boon was seriously injured, a bullet piercing through his neck in close proximity to his spinal cord, an injury which troubled him throughout the rest of his life.

 

After the war Boon returned to the grocery business for a while but soon left to go into farming, a trade in which his family was involved while growing up. In October 1866 he married Hannah J. Cook, with whom he had one child. He was later a clerk in the A. B. Caldwell Co store.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Capture of flag.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: WASHINGTON CEMETERY, WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA.

McKennan circle, Block 22, Lot 280

Hugh Patterson Boon

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