ACTION: Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison) VA.
DATE: 29 September 1864.
NAME: Bronson, James H.
RANK/UNIT: 1st Sergeant, Co. D, 5th U.S. Colored Troops.
CITATION: "Took command of his company, all the officers having been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it."
MEDAL PRESENTED: 6 April 1865.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Born: Medal says Delaware County, OH. Bearss says Indiana, PA. 1838.
ENTERED SERVICE: Medal says Indiana County, PA. Bearss says Trumbull County, OH. 4 July 1863.
OTHER: James Bronson was a 25-year-old barber when he joined Uncle Sam's army. He stood 5'9" tall. Although promoted to 1st Sergeant on August 22, 1863, Bronson later requested to be reduced to the ranks and reassigned to the regimental band. His request was granted on November 30, 1864. Bronson was mustered out of service at Carolina City, NC, on September 20, 1865.
An order from Gen. Benjamin Butler, dated 11 October 1864, had this to say:
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