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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 21/06/1838 Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. d. 26/10/1912 Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 01/04/1865 Five Forks, Virginia.

 

Bonebrake was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to Henry (1798–1879) and Anna Stewart Bonebrake (1804–1861). Before the war he attended schools in the Washington Township and then became a teacher.

 

Bonebrake enlisted into the 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry on 12 September 1862. He was elected first sergeant and later commissioned second lieutenant and ultimately first lieutenant on 14 January 1865. During the Battle of Five Forks on 1 April 1865, Bonebrake spotted a color-bearer urging on his fellow Confederates. Bonebrake attempted to take the flag, during which time a fight ensued between the two resulting in Bonebrake capturing the flag. The flag, which then belonged to the 35th Regiment North Carolina State Troops, was later deposited at the War Department and labeled with capture number 340. He was presented with a Medal of Honor on 3 May 1865 for this act of bravery. He mustered out of the army on 21 June 1865, along with the rest of his company.

 

Following the war Bonebrake continued in teaching. He later got into farming, then owned a grocery store and was an assistant postmaster in 1898. He married twice, first to Cora Walters and then, after her death in 1899, to Clara Palm, who also died before him in 1909

 

MOH CITATION:

 

As 1 of the first of Devin's Division to enter the works, he fought in a hand-to-hand struggle with a Confederate to capture his flag by superior physical strength.

 

BURIAL LOCATION; GREEN HILL CEMETERY, WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA.

Section J, Lot 165

Henry G Bonebrake

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