b. 26/12/1839 Dunstable, Massachusetts. d. 28/06/1926 Bennington, Vermont.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/07/1864 Monocracy, Maryland.
At the start of the war in April 1861, Davis enlisted in the 1st Vermont Infantry for three months service. After his three month enlistment expired, he returned to his civilian job. Following President Lincoln’s call for more volunteers in July 1862, Davis re-enlisted as a private in Company D, 10th Vermont Infantry. He was quickly elected to the rank of second lieutenant and promoted to first lieutenant in January 1863.
On July 9, 1864, at the Battle of Monocacy, Davis was in command of a small detachment ordered to guard bridges. Despite repeated attacks by the Confederates, Davis’s detachment held.
Davis continued to serve with the 10th Vermont Infantry and was promoted to captain during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. While in winter quarters in Petersburg, Virginia, his cabin accidentally collapsed. Davis suffered an injury to his leg and was discharged due to disability. He was not presented with the Medal of Honor until 27 May 1892.
While in command of a small force, held the approaches to the 2 bridges against repeated assaults of superior numbers, thereby materially delaying Early’s advance on Washington.
BURIAL LOCATION: LAKEVIEW CEMETERY, BURLINGTON, VERMONT.
OAK SECTION, LOT 12
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.