Friday, April 15, 2016

Major Charles Capehart

Since Gettysburg has unveiled it's new exhibit "Above and Beyond, the Call of Duty", we figured we share Major Charles Capehart's story as he too received the Medal of Honor for his deeds at Monterey Pass.

"For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major Charles E. Capehart, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 4 July 1863, while serving with 1st West Virginia Cavalry, in action at Monterey Mountain, Pennsylvania. While commanding the regiment, Major Capehart charged down the mountain side at midnight, in a heavy rain, upon the enemy's fleeing wagon train. Many wagons were captured and destroyed and many prisoners taken."

Date of Issue: April 7, 1898
Action Date: July 4, 1863

His brother Henry also received the Medal of Honor for his in 1864.

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