Born in New York City on November 18, 1844, he earned the Medal of Honor in the Civil War while serving as Second Lieutenant, Company G, 116th U.S. Colored Troops at Dutch Gap, Virginia, January 1, 1865. The Medal was actually issued to him on December 8, 1898.
He died on July 29, 1906 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, Company G, 116th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and date: At Dutch Gap Canal, Virginia, 1 January 1865. Entered service at:——. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 8 December 1898.
After the fuze to the mined bulkhead had been lit, this officer, learning that the picket guard had not been withdrawn, mounted the bulkhead and at great personal peril warned the guard of its danger.
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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