b. 1845 Allegany County, New York. d. 1890 California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/10/1864 Woodstock, Virginia.
Born in Allegany County, New York, in 1845, Hanford captured the battle flag of the 32nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America at the Battle of Tom's Brook, Woodstock, Virginia, on 9 October 1864. The Union charge, led by generals Wesley Merritt and George Armstrong Custer, successfully forced the Confederates to retreat 10 miles (16 km) southward of Woodstock. Hanford received the Medal of Honor on 14 October 1864 for capturing the Confederate battle flag during the charge and for demonstrating "extraordinary heroism".
"Capture of flag of 32d Battalion Virginia Cavalry (C.S.A.)."
BURIAL LOCATION: MOKELUMNE HILL PROTESTANT CEMETERY, CALIFORNIA.
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