b. 04/07/1843 Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. d. 02/08/1909 Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/05/1864 Wilderness Campaign, Virginia.
Hill was born on July 4, 1843, in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to John and Susan (Woomer) Hill. Married Sarah A. nee Hehn on December 23, 1866 and was the father of ten children.
On May 6, 1864, as a corporal of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Battle of the Wilderness, Hill “refused to retreat and instead advanced inspiring his men and the regiment to recapture their position.” Enlisted as a private on August 14, 1861 and discharged on July 30, 1865. Promoted to sergeant on March 20, 1865. Among the battles in which he participated in were: battles of Shenandoah Valley, Spottsylvania, Beufort, Cold Run, Chantilly, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Wilderness and Cold Harbor. Wounded at Cold Harbor.
This soldier, with one companion, would not retire when his regiment fell back in confusion after an unsuccessful charge, but instead advanced and continued firing upon the enemy until the regiment re-formed and regained its position.
BURIAL LOCATION: SCHUYLKILL HAVEN UNION CEMETERY, SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, PENNSYLVANIA.
SECTION B-1, LOT 62, GRAVE 5.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.