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Richard Enderlin
Born (1843-01-11)January 11, 1843
Died February 11, 1930(1930-02-11) (aged 87)
Place of birth Germany
Place of burial Grandview Cemetery Chillicothe
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit 73rd Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Gettysburg
Awards Medal of Honor

Richard Enderlin (January 11, 1843 – February 11, 1930) was a musician and United States Army soldier who received a Medal of Honor for the heroism he displayed when fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.


Enderlin was born in Germany and grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army in November 1861. Enderlin thought his unit was not directly engaged, so the bugler voluntarily joined the defense of Cemetery Ridge. On July 2, during combat, George Nixon III (the great-grandfather of American President Richard Nixon) was wounded and was carried out of harm's way by Enderlin. For this action, he was promoted to sergeant the next day, and received the Medal of Honor on September 11, 1897.

Enderlin was later wounded in his right foot at the Battle of Dallas, and served in the Veteran Reserve Corps until his discharge in May 1865.[1]

Enderlin is buried at Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Musician, Company B, 73d Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 1-July 3, 1863. Entered service at: Chillicothe, Ohio. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: September 11, 1897.


Voluntarily took a rifle and served as a soldier in the ranks during the first and second days of the battle. Voluntarily and at his own imminent peril went into the enemy's lines at night and, under a sharp fire, rescued a wounded comrade.

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