b. 28/07/1831 Washington, Pennsylvania. d. 14/01/1908 Washington, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/04/1864 Sayler’s Creek, Virginia.
Boon was born on 28 July 1831 to James and Margaret Miller Boone in Washington, Pennsylvania. His father was of Scotch-Irish descent. He was born on a farm. Prior to the outbreak of the war, Boon was involved in the grocery business. He first joined the war efforts as a volunteer in the three month service and later enlisted into the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry in August 1861, where he was eventually promoted to captain.
On 6 April 1865 Boon mounted his horse and entered the enemy’s camp during the Battle of Sayler’s Creek, capturing a flag in the process. It is for this act of gallantry that he was presented with the Medal of Honor. During the war Boon was seriously injured, a bullet piercing through his neck in close proximity to his spinal cord, an injury which troubled him throughout the rest of his life. He received the Medal of Honor on 3 May 1865.
After the war Boon returned to the grocery business for a while but soon left to go into farming, a trade in which his family was involved while growing up. In October 1866 he married Hannah J. Cook, with whom he had one child. He was later a clerk in the A. B. Caldwell Co store.
Capture of flag.
BURIAL LOCATION: WASHINGTON CEMETERY, WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA.
MCKENNAN CIRCLE, BLOCK 22, LOT 280
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.