b. 29/06/1832 Turin, Piedmont, Italy. d. 26/11/1904 New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 17/06/1863 Aldie, Virginia.
American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. Born Luigi Palma di Cesnola, he was the son of a count and military officer at Rivarolo Canavese, Piedmont, in the Kingdom of Sardinia. At the age of 15, he joined the Sardinian army and served in the First Italian War of Independence. During the Battle of Novara on March 23, 1849, he was decorated for bravery and promoted to the rank of 2nd lieutenant. He then attended the Royal Military Academy at Cherasco in Piedmont, Italy and graduated in 1851. Three years later he was dismissed for unknown reasons, and subsequently served with the British Army in the Crimean War as the aide-de-camp to General Enrico Fardella. In 1858 he emigrated to the US and taught Italian and French in New York City, New York. In February 1861, prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War, he established a private military school for officers. The following year he raised a company of Italians for military service to the North in the Civil War and was appointed a major of the 11th New York Cavalry regiment and subsequently a lieutenant colonel. He then received a commission as a colonel of the 4th New York Cavalry.
Was present, in arrest, when, seeing his regiment fall back, he rallied his men, accompanied them, without arms, in a second charge, and in recognition of his gallantry was released from arrest. He continued in the action at the head of his regiment until he was desperately wounded and taken prisoner.
BURIAL LOCATION: KENSICO CEMETERY, VALHALLA, NEW YORK.
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