Philip Petty MOH

b. 17/05/1840 TIngewick, Buckinghamshire, England. d. 22/12/1917 Daggett, Pennsylvania.

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/12/1862 Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Philip Petty MOH

Petty was born in Tingewick, England, on May 17, 1840. He moved to Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Union Army’s 136th Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers as a musician in August 1862. Shortly after enlisting, Petty took the position of a private in the infantry and joined a Company of his regiment. He received the Medal of Honor on August 21, 1893, for carrying the company’s colours after the colour bearer was wounded. Prior to the 20th century, colours were used to signal the movement of a military unit.

During the Battle of Fredericksburg, Petty and his regiment were slowly advancing through tall grass when they were caught up in enemy fire. The colour bearer was wounded and dropped the colours, so Petty’s commanding officer, a colonel, requested volunteers to carry the colours. Petty heeded the request by picking up the colours and continuing to advance with his fellow soldiers. An enemy counterattack pushed his regiment back and forced it to retreat. At one point during the retreat, Petty planted the colours and fired shots back at the enemy line. His commanding officer later told the regiment of what Petty did and he was given cheers and a promotion to colour sergeant.

Petty raised horses in Daggett, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 21, 1893.



Took up the colors as they fell out of the hands of the wounded color bearer and carried them forward in the charge.