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William John Brewer

Date of birth: 1843
Date of death: June 19, 1878
Burial location: Cornwall on Hudson, New York
Place of Birth: New York, Putnam County
Home of record: Newburgh New York


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 Private William John Brewer, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 4 April 1865, while serving with Company C, 2d New York Cavalry, in action at Appomattox Campaign, Virginia, for capture of Engineer Flag, Army of Northern Virginia.

General Orders: Date of Issue: May 3, 1865

Action Date: April 4, 1865

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company C

Division: 2d New York Cavalry