b. 14/11/1842 Landau, Bavaria, Germany. d. 27/12/1912 Burlington, Iowa.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 10/08/1861 Wilson’s Creek, Missouri.
Bouquet was born in Bavaria, Germany on 14 November 1842. He was sent to the United States in order to prevent him serving in the army in Germany. Before the breakout of the American Civil war he worked as a cooper and barrel maker in Burlington. He enlisted into the 1st Iowa Infantry at Burlington, Iowa in April 1861.
During the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Bouquet assisted another gunner from Company A, which was manning the Totten’s Battery, in retrieving a disabled gun and preventing it from being captured by the Confederates. He joined the 25th Iowa Infantry as a sergeant in July 1862, and mustered out with this regiment in June 1865. He was presented with his Medal of Honor on 16 February 1897, 36 years after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
Voluntarily left the line of battle, and, exposing himself to imminent danger from a heavy fire of the enemy, assisted in capturing a riderless horse at large between the lines and hitching him to a disabled gun, saved the gun from capture.
BURIAL LOCATION: ASPEN GROVE CEMETERY, BURLINGTON, IOWA.
BLOCK 168, LOT 3, GRAVE #4
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.