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Holton, Edward A.
Age: 25, credited to Williston, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 8/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, 1SGT, Co. I, 6th VT INF, pr 2LT, 1/18/62 (1/18/62), pr 1LT, 6/5/63 (6/20/63), pr CPT, Co. F, 5/15/64 (5/27/64), wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, dis/wds, 8/17/64 (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 01/02/1841, Westminster, VT
Death: 01/29/1912

Burial: Old Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 7891996
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Gibson Collection

Remarks: None
None registered

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Medal of Honor
This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Edward A. Holton

Rank and Organization: First Sergeant, Co. I, 6th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Lees Mills, VA, 16 Apr 1862.
Entered service at: Williston.
Born: 28 Aug 1835, Westminster.
Died: 29 Jan 1906,Bernardston, Mass.
Buried: Old Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Date of Issue: 9 Jul 1892.
Citation: Rescued the colors of his regiment under heavy fire, the color bearer having been shot down while the troops were in retreat.

(Gibson Collection)

(Contributed by George Parsons)

NARA File Number: H-1327-VS-1864.

Family passdown: Later he was given a battlefield commission, probably because of his heroism at Lee's Mill. As a Captain he fought again at the Battle of the Wilderness along side his brother David. During the battle, David Holten was killed, having his head shot off by a cannon ball. His body reportedly slumped against Edward who, because he was firing back at the Confederate troops at the time, did not notice and shrugged the body off onto the ground. Only after the fighting did one of Edwards soldiers report to him that the weight that had fallen against him during the fighting had been his own brother. (contributed by David Abram, Washington, D.C.).


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