b. 05/06/1843 Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. d. 12/11/1901 Goshen, Indiana.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 25/11/1863 Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as Major and commander of the 100th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 25, 1863.
His Medal was awarded to him on August 24, 1896. He was captured by Confederate forces on July 22, 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign. He was one of two 100th Indiana soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (the other being Captain Charles W. Brouse of Company K).
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major Ruel M. Johnson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 25 November 1863, while serving with 100th Indiana Infantry, in action at Chattanooga, Tennessee. While in command of the regiment Major Johnson bravely exposed himself to the fire of the enemy, encouraging and cheering his men.
BURIAL LOCATION: OAKRIDGE CEMETERY, GOSHEN, INDIANA.
Lot 539, East Add.
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