b. 11/02/1846 Pomfret, Vermont. d. 15/12/1913 Winthrop, Massachusetts.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/04/1865 Petersburg, Virginia.
Hawkins was born in Pomfret, Vermont on February 11, 1846 and entered service at Woodstock, Vermont. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism on April 2, 1865, while serving as a First Lieutenant with Company D, 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment, at Petersburg, Virginia. His Medal of Honor was issued on September 30, 1893.
He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Gardner C. Hawkins, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 2 April 1865, while serving with Company D, 3d Vermont Infantry, in action at Petersburg, Virginia. When the lines were wavering from the well-directed fire of the enemy, First Lieutenant Hawkins, acting adjutant of the regiment, sprang forward, and with encouraging words cheered the soldiers on and, although dangerously wounded, refused to leave the field until the enemy's works were taken.
BURIAL LOCATION: LINDENWOOD CEMETERY, STONEHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.
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