Born at Monroe, New York, November 24, 1844, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Civil War as Private, Company C, 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry at Gaines Mill, Virginia, June 27, 1862.
He died on February 3, 1920 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
SIDMAN, GEORGE E.
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 16th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Gaines Mill, Virginia, 27 June 1862. Entered service at: Owosso, Michigan. Born: 25 November 1844, Rochester, New York. Date of issue: 6 April 1892.
Distinguished bravery in battle. Rallied his comrades to charge vastly superior force until wounded in the hip. He was a 16-year-old drummer.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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