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Johann Christoph Julius Langbein
Langbein as depicted in Deeds of Valor
Nickname Jennie
Born (1846-09-22)September 22, 1846
Died January 28, 1910(1910-01-28) (aged 63)
Place of birth Germany
Place of death New York City
Buried at New York City
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1863
Rank Musician
Unit Company B, 9th New York Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Johann Christoph Julius Langbein (September 22, 1846 – January 28, 1910) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was a drummer boy in the Union Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the American Civil War.


Langbein joined the 9th New York Infantry from New York City in May 1861, and left the regiment in 1863.[1]

He was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 21st D.) in 1877 and 1879. In November 1879, he was elected Civil Justice of the 10th District.[2]

State Senator George F. Langbein (1842–1911) was his brother and law partner.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Musician, Company B, 9th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Camden, N.C., April 19, 1862. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: September 29, 1846, Germany. Date of issue: January 7, 1895.


A drummer boy, 15 years of age, he voluntarily and under a heavy fire went to the aid of a wounded officer, procured medical assistance for him, and aided in carrying him to a place of safety.

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