b. 28/02/1837 Kinderhook, New York. d. 25/02/1903 Yonkers, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 30/04/1863 Chancellorsville, Virginia.
Heermance was born on February 28, 1837 and entered service at Kinderhook, New York. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on April 30, 1863, while serving as a Captain with Company C, 6th New York Cavalry, at Chancellorsville, Virginia. His Medal of Honor was issued on March 30, 1898.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain William Laing Heermance, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 April 1863, while serving with Company C, 6th New York Cavalry, in action at Chancellorsville, Virginia. Captain Heermance took command of the regiment as its senior officer when surrounded by Stuart's Cavalry. The regiment cut its way through the enemy's line and escaped but Captain Heermance was desperately wounded, left for dead on the field and was taken prisoner.
BURIAL LOCATION: OAKLAND CEMETERY, YONKERS, NEW YORK.
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