b. 01/06/1844 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. d. 01/10/1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/01/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Civil War Union Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was scheduled to attend West Point, but instead he enlisted as a quartermaster in the 9th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. He refused an appointment to 1st Lieutenant in his company and was made a non-commissioned staff-officer. In August 1861, he was Promoted to Captain of Company A, 97th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, then a Major a month later. He remained with the 97th for many years, was well respected and liked by his men, and after seeing much action and combat, he was promoted Colonel in command of the 97th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. During the Second Battle of Fort Fisher at Wilmington, North Carolina, on January 15, 1865, Colonel Pennypacker was severely wounded while crossing enemy lines. In spite of his wounds, he continued to led his men in a charge over a traverse, captured the fort and planted the colors of the 97th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment in the Confederate compound. For gallantly in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. After convalescing, he was promoted Brigadier General at age 20, making him the youngest officer to hold the rank of general in the US Army to this day. For his war service, he was brevetted Major General US Army on March 13, 1865. Remaining in the Army after the Civil War, he commanded the 16th US Infantry until his retirement in July 1883. He died at age 72 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Colonel Galusha Pennypacker, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 January 1865, while serving with 97th Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Colonel Pennypacker gallantly led the charge over a traverse and planted the colors of one of his regiments thereon; was severely wounded.
BURIAL LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA NATIONAL CEMETERY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
Officers' Section, Grave 175
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