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Corporal John Calvin Matthews
Homewood Cemetery
Pittsburgh PA



The President Of The United States
In The Name Of The Congress
Takes Pleasure In Presenting
The Medal of Honor
To
John C. Matthews
ACTION:Petersburg, Virginia
DATE: 2 April 1865.
RANK/UNIT: Corporal 61st Pennsylvania Infantry.

CITATION:
"Voluntarily took the colors, whose bearer had been disabled,
and, although himself severely wounded,
carried the same until the enemy's works were taken. "

MEDAL PRESENTED:13 February 1891.



John Matthews was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He entered the U.S. Army and served with Company A, 61st Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Corporal. At Petersburg Virginia, 2 April 1865, Corporal Matthews "voluntarily took the colors, whose bearer had been disabled, and, although himself severly wounded, carried the same until the enemy's works were taken." Matthews Medal of Honor was issued 13 February 1891. John Matthews died 24 October 1934 in Akron Ohio of arteriosclerosis. He is buried in Section 3, Lot 179.



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