b. 1840 Cincinnati, Ohio. d. 28/02/1870 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1864 Chaffin's Farm, Virginia.
Hawkins joined the Army as a substitute from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 4, 1863, and became Sergeant Major of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment on August 23. On September 29, 1864, he fought in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia. He was discharged in May 1865 for wounds received in action.
More than five years later, on February 8, 1870, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for "rescue of regimental colors" during that battle.
Thomas Hawkins died of cancer at age 29 or 30 on February 28, 1870.
Rescue of regimental colors.
BURIAL LOCATION: HARMONY MEMORIAL PARK, LANDOVER, MARYLAND.
Section Costin, Lot 121, Grave 1