Sidney Haight

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Sidney Haight
The Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, during the Siege of Petersburg.
Born(1847-08-21)August 21, 1847
DiedSeptember 17, 1918(1918-09-17) (aged 71)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchU.S. Army
UnitCompany E, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War, Battle of Petersburg, Virginia
AwardsMedal of Honor

Sidney Haight (August 21, 1847 – September 17, 1918) was a soldier in the United States Army during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor, the highest honor of the U.S. military.[1][2]

Biography[change | change source]

Haight was born in Reading, Michigan in 1846. He entered the U.S. Army at Goodland, Michigan, and served in Company E of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. He reached the rank of corporal. Haight received the citation for actions at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864, in the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia.[3] He died Sep. 17, 1918 in Reading, Michigan.[4]

Haight's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Instead of retreating, remained in the captured works, regardless of his personal safety and exposed to the firing, which he boldly and deliberately returned until the enemy was close upon him.[3]

Haight was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 31, 1896.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Valor awards for Sidney Haight".
  2. History, U.S. Army Center of Military. "Medal of Honor Recipients - Civil War (G-L)".
  3. 3.0 3.1 " - Corporal HAIGHT, SIDNEY, U.S. Army".
  4. "Sidney Haight (1847 - 1918) - Find A Grave Memorial".