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How many men received the Medal of Honor for Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"" at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863? [U.S. Civil War]

Question #148553. Asked by serpa.
Last updated Jul 12 2021.
Originally posted Jul 12 2021 7:34 PM.

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To my count, 79 were awarded the Medal of Honor for this action. It must have been an extremely brave assault led by Captain Richard Wood who was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading the charge.
link https://military.wikia.org/wiki/List_of_Medal_of_Honor_recipients_for_the_Siege_of_Vicksburg

Jul 12 2021, 8:16 PM
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Seventy-Eight received the Medal of Honor for the action.
Sherman's account gave the action its name, "a forlorn hope," although he did not use capital letters in describing it. Those would come later as the bravery of the men became enshrined in Vicksburg's larger story over time. Of the 150 men who rushed forward as the Forlorn Hope, 19 were killed and 34 were wounded. Of the survivors, 78 later received the Medal Honor for their heroism, cited specifically for "Gallantry in the charge of the 'volunteer storming party.'"

link https://emergingcivilwar.com/2020/12/18/the-forlorn-hope-at-vicksburg/

Response last updated by elburcher on Jul 12 2021.
Jul 12 2021, 8:25 PM
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After three recounts, I correct myself. 77 men received the award as cited; 78 if you count Captain Wood who received the Medal of Honor for leading the charge.

Jul 12 2021, 8:32 PM
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