b. 31/08/1846 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. d. 12/03/1915 Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/02/1865 Hatcher's Run, Virginia.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a 16-year old student of Freeland Seminary when he began his Civil War service, being mustered in as a Private in Company F, 49th Pennsylvania Emergency Troops on July 2, 1863. The regiment was one of a number of militia units raised by Pennsylvania to counter the threat posed by Confederate General Robert E. Lee's invasion of the state in the June-July 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, and it gave a young John M. Vanderslice his first experience in the Union Army. When he was mustered out on September 2, 1863, he returned to his studies, but a few months later enlisted again, this time as a recruit Private in Company D, 8th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. Wounded at the June 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor, he would go on to be awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the February 6, 1865 Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia.
Was the first man to reach the enemy's rifle pits, which were taken in the charge.
BURIAL LOCATION: ST JAMES PERKIOMEN CEMETERY, EVANSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.
Right side of Cemetery Entrance
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