April 19, 1864 – This day during the American Civil War – Russell C. Elliott Medal of Honor recipient

April 19, 1864 – Russell C. Elliott Medal of Honor recipient (1842–October 23, 1898) was a Union soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Elliott received the country’s highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at Natchitoches, Louisiana, on 19 April 1864. He was honored with the award on 20 November 1896
Elliott was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1842. He joined the Army from Boston in August 1862. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in December 1864, and mustered out with his regiment in September 1865.

Second lieutenant Elliott’s official Medal of Honor citation

Seeing a Confederate officer in advance of his command, charged on him alone and unaided and captured him.

Russell C. Elliott Medal of Honor recipient

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