June 17, 1832|
Guttentag, Prussia (now Poland)
|Died||June 2, 1897
New York City, New York
|Place of burial||Cypress Hills Cemetery, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1864 - 1865|
|Unit||6th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Abraham Cohn (June 17, 1832 in Guttentag, Prussia, June 2, 1897 in New York City) was an American Civil War Union Army soldier of Jewish descent. He received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Cohn earned the award for his actions in combat at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia on May 6, 1864, and the Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864.
Medal of Honor citation[change | change source]
- Rank and organization: Sergeant Major, 6th New Hampshire Infantry
- Place and date: At Wilderness, Virginia, May 6, 1864; At the mine, Petersburg, Virginia, July 30, 1864
- Entered service at: Campton, New Hampshire
- Birth: Guttentag, Prussia
- Date of issue: August 24, 1865
During Battle of the Wilderness rallied and formed, under heavy fire, disorganized and fleeing troops of different regiments. At Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864, bravely and coolly carried orders to the advanced line under severe fire.
References[change | change source]
- "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (A-L)". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
Further reading[change | change source]
- "Jews in the Civil War, Sergeant-Major Abraham Cohn: Civil War Medal of Honor recipient". http://www.jewish-history.com/civilwar/sergeant_cohn.html. Retrieved 2012-11-23.