123rd New York Volunteer Infantry

1862 - 1865

Medal of Honor

On November 17, 1896

Sgt. Henry Sartwell

of Company D, 123rd New York Infantry

was awarded the

Medal of Honor

for his actions on May 3, 1863 during
the Battle of Chancellorsville.

The citation reads:

"Was severely wounded by a gunshot in his left arm, went half a mile to the rear but insisted on returning to his company and continued to fight bravely until he became exhausted from the loss of blood and was compelled to retire from the field."

Henry Sartwell was born in Ticonderoga, New York, on March 9, 1837. He enlisted with the 123rd New York Infantry on July 28, 1862 at Fort Ann, New York, to serve for three years. He mustered in as a private in Company D on August 14, 1862. We was promoted to sergeant on September 4, 1862. He was wounded in action on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia, and again on June 29, 1864, during a skirmish near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia (the Battle of Kolb's Farm), but later returned to ranks. He was discharged on May 27, 1865 at a hospital in Albany, New York. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 17, 1896, for his actions during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He died on February 26, 1910 and was buried in the Fish Hill Cemetery in Fort Ann, New York.


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