b. 05/10/1840 Boston, Massachusetts. d. 13/09/1909 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/04/1865 Fort Blakely, Alabama.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a resident of Mendota, Illinois when he was mustered in as a Corporal in Company E, 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry on September 18, 1861. He would spend the balance of the war with his regiment, seeing action in the Western Theatre, and being promoted several times (first to 2nd Lieutenant on February 23, 1863, then to 1st Lieutenant on April 10, 1864. It was as a 1st Lieutenant that he performed his act of bravery on April 9, 1865 at Fort Blakely, Alabama that got him awarded the Medal of Honor.
While acting regimental quartermaster, learning of an expected assault, Payne requested assignment to a company that had no commissioned officers present; was so assigned, and was one of the first to lead his men into the enemy's works.
BURIAL LOCATION: FERNWOOD CEMETERY, FERNWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA.
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