b. 09/09/1838 Prague, Bohemia. d. 02/02/1909 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/05/1864 Wilderness, Virginia.
Born in Prague to a Jewish family, Karpeles moved to Galveston, Texas at age 11 with his older brother Emil. In 1861, differing views with his brother on slavery and secession led to Leopold moving to Springfield, Massachusetts.
Karpeles joined the 46th Massachusetts Infantry in August 1862, and mustered out with this regiment in July 1863. After briefly working as a clerk, he joined the 57th Massachusetts Infantry in the spring of 1864. He was seriously wounded at the Battle of North Anna, and was discharged in May 1865.
While color bearer, rallied the retreating troops and induced them to check the enemy's advance.
BURIAL LOCATION: WASHINGTON HEBREW CEMETERY, WASHINGTON DC.
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