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Charles Albert Varnum

Date of birth: June 21, 1849
Date of death: February 26, 1936
Burial location: San Francisco, California
Place of Birth: New York, Troy
Home of record: Pensacola Florida

Charles Varnum graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1872. He was wounded in the Battle of the Little Big Horn and retired on the disabled list as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel in 1907.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Indian Campaigns

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain Charles Albert Varnum, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 December 1890, while serving with Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry, in action at White Clay Creek, South Dakota. While executing an order to withdraw, seeing that a continuance of the movement would expose another troop of his regiment to being cut off and surrounded, Captain Varnum disregarded orders to retire, placed himself in front of his men, led a charge upon the advancing Indians, regained a commanding position that had just been vacated, and thus insured a safe withdrawal of both detachments without further loss.

General Orders: Date of Issue: September 22, 1897

Action Date: December 30, 1890

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company B

Division: 7th U.S. Cavalry

Silver Star Citation

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Awarded for actions during the Indian Campaigns

Captain Charles Albert Varnum, United States Army, was cited for gallantry in action during the Indian Campaigns.

Action Date: Indian Campaigns

Service: Army

Rank: Captain