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FROM-- SET THREE, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

General U.S. Grant Learning Activity-- Order #3-- Serving with Honor; A Career Soldier

ORDER #3-- SERVING WITH HONOR:  U.S. GRANT, A CAREER SOLDIER


THE HIGHEST HONOR BESTOWED UPON UNION SOLDIERS:  THE MEDAL OF HONOR

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Use the Official Site of the Congressional Medal of Honor: Civil War Generals, to find out how a soldier earned this great honor.  Complete the information table:   

Answer the questions:

The Grant Homepage is Great for Finding Facts and Answers

 

1.  Ulysses S. Grant had a rather uneventful and undistinguished career start in the U.S. Army.  Why does it seem this way?

2.  When did Grant's military career take hold, and resulted in many battle wins? What ranks did he go through?

3.  In which battle did Brigadier General Grant utter his famous words, "No terms except an unconditional surrender can be accepted."

4.  What branch of the U.S. military, during the Civil War, had a Medal of Honor before the U.S. Army?

5.  General Winfield Scott (famous from the War with Mexico) had an opinion about a "Medal of Honor."  What was his opinion?  Why was he against it?

6.  The Navy medal was "to be bestowed upon such petty officers, seamen, landsmen, and Marines as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry and other seamanlike qualities during the present war."  Define the words DISTINGUISH and GALLANTRY.

7.  What legislative RESOLUTION was made to start the Navy Medal of Valor.  Who had to sign it into law?   When did the Army version get passed by Congress and signed by the President (both by Abraham Lincoln)?

8.  What was the Army Congressional Medal of Honor given for?  (Write the wording of the resolution)

 

9.  Was the Congressional Medal of Honor supposed to be a permanent "DECORATION?"  How many  medals were awarded during the Civil War?   Navy medals_______   Army medals______  Marines________  Civilians ______

 

10.  What does it mean to receive a medal POSTHUMOUSLY?

 

11.  Study these Medal of Honor winners. Find Sgt. William H. Carney, 54th Massachusetts 

Go to the Civil War Listings:

and research a Civil War era Medal of Honor winner.  Find his story, picture and what made him a Nation's Highest Honor winner.


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