Oakwood Cemetery Presentation of the Medal of Honor

for

Leroy Williams

On Saturday, July 13th a ceremony took place to place a replica of the Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Leroy Williams during the Civil War.  

The following is the citation which accompanies the MoH:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Leroy Williams, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 June 1864, while serving with Company G, 8th New York Heavy Artillery, in action at Cold Harbor, Virginia. Sergeant Williams voluntarily exposed himself to the fire of the enemy's sharpshooters and located the body of his colonel who had been killed close to the enemy's lines. Under cover of darkness, with four companions, he recovered the body and brought it within the Union lines, having approached within a few feet of the Confederate pickets while so engaged.

General Orders: Date of Issue: April 1, 1898

Action Date: June 3, 1864

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company G

Division: 8th New York Heavy Artillery

 

We are proud to support our brothers in the SUVCW, Weber Camp in this event.

 

This is the replica that was presented to the family of Sgt. Williams.

 

Two Color Guards were present, one from the War of 1812 re-enactors from Niagara Falls and another of SUCV members of the Col. Weber Camp.

 

 

Pvt. Ray performed Taps at the ceremony along with musicians of the Union Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps.

 

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