CARSON, WILLIAM J. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Musician, Company E, 1st Battalion, 15th U.S. Infantry.
Place and date:   At Chickamauga, Ga., 19 September 1863. Entered service at: North Greenfield, Ohio.

Birth:   Washington County, Pa. Date of issue: 27 January 1894.

Citation:   At a critical stage in the battle when the 14th Corps lines were wavering and in disorder he on his own initiative bugled "to the colors" amid the 18th U.S. Infantry who formed by him, and held the enemy. Within a few minutes he repeated his action amid the wavering 2d Ohio Infantry. This bugling deceived the enemy who believed reinforcements had arrived. Thus, they delayed their attack.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)