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William E. Richey
Born (1841-06-01)June 1, 1841
Died June 21, 1909(1909-06-21) (aged 68)
Place of birth Athens County, Ohio, United States
Place of death Harveyville, Kansas, United States
Buried at Harveyville Cemetery, Harveyville, Kansas
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Company A, 15th Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Chickamauga
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

William E. Richey (June 1, 1841 – June 21, 1909) was an American soldier who fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for valor.


Richey received the Medal of Honor on November 9, 1893 for his actions at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19, 1863 while with Company A of the 15th Ohio Infantry.[1]

Medal of Honor citation


The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal William E. Richey, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 September 1863, while serving with Company A, 15th Ohio Infantry, in action at Chickamauga, Georgia. While on the extreme front, between the lines of the combatants single-handed Corporal Richey captured a Confederate major who was armed and mounted.[2]

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