Medal of Honor
Valor on the Battlefield
The Medal of Honor, created during the Civil War, is the United States’ highest military decoration for acts of valor in combat. Presented by the president in the name of Congress, it is the American armed forces’ oldest continuously issued combat decoration. To date, almost half of the more than 3,400 medals have been presented to U.S. service members who fought in the Civil War.
Explore the Medal of Honor
John Patterson at the Wilderness
An account of the brave actions of Medal of Honor recipient John Patterson during the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864.
Better Late Than Never
Learn about two Civil War Medal of Honor recipients – Andrew Jackson Smith and Alonzo Cushing – and their long-winding journeys to the Medal of Honor...
Edward Ratcliff's Legacy
This past summer, we joined brother Damon and Edward Radcliffe brothers on a journey through their extraordinary ancestor’s footsteps, visiting the...
Walk Gettysburg with Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams
Visit Gettysburg with a decorated veteran and learn how his combat on Iwo Jima benefitted from the experience of Civil War soldiers.
Stand on the Slaughter Pen Farm with Medal of Honor Recipient Britt Slabinski
Visit the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg with Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski to explore the brotherhood among soldiers.
Battle Flags of New Market Heights: History and Conservation
Flags were a sacred emblem during the Civil War. Take a behind-the-scene look at the restoration of the 4th USCT Regimental Flag which flew at New...
More About the Medal of Honor
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- John Patterson at the Wilderness »
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- Horror and Heroism at the Slaughter Pen Farm »
- Valor Aboard the USS Carondelet »
- Alonzo Cushing at Gettysburg »
- Alonzo H. Cushing »
- Wilson's Creek Medals of Honor »
- Lt. John Patterson and the Medal of Honor »
- USCT Soldiers Proved Their Heroism at New Market Heights »
- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain »
- Daniel E. Sickles »
- Behind the Scenes: Capturing the Stories of Three Modern Medal of Honor Recipients »
- Brothers In Valor Trailer »