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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 03/06/1840 Germany. d. 10/05/1919 Trenton, New Jersey.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 22/05/1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Archinal enlisted in the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in August 1861, becoming a Corporal in Company I. On May 22, 1863, during the campaign to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, he participated in an assault on Confederate positions that was considered a "forlorn hope", meaning the soldiers taking part in it would have little chance of surviving. Corporal Archinal was indeed one of a relatively small number of men to escape alive. Fifty-three of the survivors were eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for their participation, including Archinal and eight other members of the 30th Ohio. Archinal's Medal was issued on July 10, 1894.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: RIVERVIEW CEMETERY, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY.

SECTION W, LOT 125 GRAVE 8

 

 

 

William J Archinal

ARCHINAL ARCHINAL GRAVE