b. 02/09/1844 Tioga County, New York. d. 04/06/1926 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/07/1877 Clearwater, Idaho.
Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. With the country in the midst of the Civil War, six months after his eighteenth birthday Humphrey ran away from school to enlist at Buffalo, New York in Light Battery E, 5th U.S. Artillery. For the next 44 years he served his country, rising through grades from Private to Quartermaster General. During the Civil War he saw service principally with the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac. He took part in the campaigns against the Nez Perce in 1877, the Snake Bannock in 1878, the Sioux in the winter of 1890-91, and the Shoshone-Snake in 1895. As a 1st Lieutenant of the 4th Artillery, he was honorably mentioned in orders and brevetted Captain for "gallant and meritorious services" against the Indians at the Clearwater in Idaho Territory on July 11, 1877.
Voluntarily and successfully conducted, in the face of a withering fire, a party which recovered possession of an abandoned howitzer and 2 Gatling guns lying between the lines a few yards from the Indians.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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