Elbridge Robinson MOH

b. 07/01/1844 Morgan County, Ohio. d. 19/01/1918 Vernon, Illinois.

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 14/06/1863 Winchester, Virginia.

Elbridge Robinson MOH

Elbridge Robinson was born on January 7, 1844 in Morgan County, Ohio. He enlisted in the 122nd Ohio Infantry Regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War. He married Maretta (Reichart) Robinson and they had one daughter.

The Second Battle of Winchester was fought on June 13-15, 1863. It did not end with a victory for the Union army under General Robert Milroy. The majority of the Union soldiers surrendered to the Confederate forces. Robinson accompanied John Patterson, Musician for his regiment, went out between the lines on Bower’s Hill during a pause in the fighting and rescued Price Worthing, Drummer, who had been shot in both legs and was unable to return to the Union line. Unwilling to see their comrade die from lack of medical care, they exposed themselves to enemy fire. Patterson was wounded during the rescue and later captured. Both men were awarded the Medal of Honor.

The award for both men was not approved until April 5, 1898. Robinson died on January 19, 1918 in Vernon, Marion County, Illinois. He was buried in the Patoka Cemetery in Marion County.



With one companion voluntarily went in front of the Union line, under a heavy fire from the enemy, and carried back a helpless wounded comrade, thus saving him from death or capture.