b. 25/12/1849 Sandy Creek, New York. d. 23/05/1921 San Diego, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 01/04/1865 White Oak Road, Virginia.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. With his brother Allen, they enlisted in the Union Army at Port Jarvis, New York as Privates serving in companies of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery. On April 1, 1865, at White Oak Road, Virginia, they made a hazardous reconnaissance mission against Confederate forces. Advancing through the timber and preceding the Union line of battle, they signaled the troops leading them through the obstruction. James and Allen Thompson are the only brothers to receive the Medal of Honor together on the same date and for the same action. Citation issued on April 22, 1896.
Made a hazardous reconnaissance through timber and slashings, preceding the Union line of battle, signaling the troops and leading them through the obstructions.
BURIAL LOCATION: MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.
GAR Section 1, Block 4, Lot 215 or 216
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