b. 1840 Cincinnati, Ohio. d. 28/02/1870 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1864 Chapin’s Farm, Virginia.
Hawkins joined the Army as a substitute from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 4, 1863, and became Sergeant Major of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment on August 23. On September 29, 1864, he fought in the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, Virginia. He was discharged in May 1865 for wounds received in action.
More than five years later, on February 8, 1870, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for “rescue of regimental colors” during that battle.
Thomas Hawkins died of cancer at age 29 or 30 on February 28, 1870, and was buried in Columbian Harmony Cemetery in Washington, D.C. His remains were moved to National Harmony Memorial Park in Landover, Maryland, in 1960 when the original cemetery closed and was sold. A memorial plaque was placed at his grave in 1997.
Hawkins’ courage at New Market Heights is depicted in the painting Three Medals of Honor by artist Don Troiani, which was unveiled on June 24, 2013 at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Rescue of regimental colors.
BURIAL LOCATION: NATIONAL HARMONY MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND.
COSTIN SECTION, LOT 121, GRAVE 1.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.