May 31, 1862 – This Day During The American Civil War – William Rufus Shafter Medal of Honor recipient

May 31, 1862 – William Rufus Shafter Medal of Honor recipient (October 16, 1835 – November 12, 1906) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War who received America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Fair Oaks. Shafter also played a prominent part as a major general in the Spanish–American War. Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is named for him, as well as the city of Shafter, California and the ghost town of Shafter, Texas. He was nicknamed “Pecos Bill”.

First Lieutenant Shafter’s

Lt. Shafter was engaged in bridge construction and not being needed there returned with his men to engage the enemy participating in a charge across an open field that resulted in casualties to 18 of the 22 men. At the close of the battle his horse was shot from under him and he was severely flesh wounded. He remained on the field that day and stayed to fight the next day only by concealing his wounds. In order not to be sent home with the wounded he kept his wounds concealed for another 3 days until other wounded had left the area.

William Rufus Shafter Medal of Honor recipient

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