May 30, 1868 – This Day During The American Indian Wars – Edgar R. Aston Medal of Honor recipient

May 30, 1868 – Edgar R. Aston Medal of Honor recipient (1847 – April 14, 1932) was a soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 8th U.S. Cavalry during the Apache Wars against Cochise. He was one of two men, along with Pvt. William Cubberly, who received the Medal of Honor for finding a passageway for an army column trapped in a 4,000-foot valley, and later defending his party against an Apache attack, at San Carlos, Arizona on May 30, 1868.

Private Aston’s official Medal of Honor citation

With 2 other men he volunteered to search for a wagon passage out of a 4,000-foot valley wherein an infantry column was immobile. This small group passed 6 miles among hostile Apache terrain finding the sought passage. On their return trip down the canyon they were attacked by Apaches who were successfully held at bay.

Edgar R. Aston Medal of Honor recipient

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