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James M. Elson

Date of birth: November 6, 1838
Date of death: March 26, 1894
Burial location: Shellsburg, Iowa
Place of Birth: Ohio, Coshocton
Home of record: Shellsburg Iowa

ames Elson was wounded again in 1864 and carried the enemy bullet in his body until his death in 1894. After the war he returned to his hometown of Shellsburg where he served as postmaster for 8 years. In 1893 he was elected sheriff of Benton County


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant James M. Elson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 22 May 1863, while serving with Company C, 9th Iowa Infantry, in action at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Sergeant Elson carried the colors in advance of his regiment and was shot down while attempting to plant them on the enemy's works.

General Orders: Date of Issue: September 12, 1891

Action Date: May 22, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company C

Division: 9th Iowa Infantry