1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor

November 8, 2020 all-day

First Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 19th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Peachtree Creek, Georgia, July 12, 1864. Citation: “Led his company in a countercharge at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., 12 July 1864, under a galling fire ahead of his own men, and singly entered the enemy’s line, capturing and bringing back 2 commissioned officers, fully armed, besides a guidon of a Georgia regiment.” Date of issue: December 3, 1891.

Frank Baldwin’s charge on Grey Beard‘s Band, McClellan’s Creek, TX, Nov 8, 1874


Second Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At McClellan’s Creek, Texas, November 8, 1874. Citation: “Rescued, with 2 companies, 2 white girls by a voluntary attack upon Indians whose superior numbers and strong position would have warranted delay for reinforcements, but which delay would have permitted the Indians to escape and kill their captives.” Date of issue: December 3, 1891.

Frank Dwight Baldwin (June 26, 1842 – April 22, 1923), a native of Constantine, Michigan, and born in Manchester, Michigan, is one of only 19 servicemen to receive the Medal of Honor twice. Baldwin received this award for his actions during the Atlanta Campaign where he led his company to battle at Peachtree Creek and captured two commissioned officers in the American Civil War. He received his second Medal of Honor for conspicuous bravery in 1874 during the Indian Wars.


Frank Baldwin wikipedia entry

Frank Dwight Baldwin biography from Arlington National Cemetery website

Memoirs of the late Frank D. Baldwin, Major General, U.S. A. Edited by Brigadier General W. C. Brown, Colonel C. C. Smith, and E. A. Brininstool. Los Angeles, Calif. : Wetzel Pub. Co., [1929], [©1929]

An army wife on the frontier : the memoirs of Alice Blackwood Baldwin, 1867-1877 edited and with an introd. by Robert C. and Eleanor R. Carriker. Salt Lake City : Tanner Trust Fund, University of Utah Library, [1975]

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