Honoring Horsfall

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something about my favorite history subject, the Civil War drummer boy. Here’s a short one. William H. Horsfall was one of the youngest men to receive the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War. There is little information online about Horsfall and he shares the same last name as several other soldiers including a captain. Born March 3, 1847 he enlisted as a drummer in Company G, 1st Kentucky Volunteer Infantry on December 31, 1861 at the age of 14. Horsfall performed his act of heroism as a 15-year-old drummer. His medal was awarded for saving the life of a wounded officer during the Siege of Corinth on May 21, 1862. Horsfall continued to serve with the 1st Kentucky and participated in a number of battles. He was captured in 1863 and held at the infamous Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. He was later released in 1864. After the war he was the commander of the William Nelson Post Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) of Newport. He died on October 22, 1922 in Newport and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, Kentucky. (For many other posts on this subject search “Drummer Boy.”)

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