Abraham Cohn

United States Army Medal of Honor recipient

Abraham Cohn (June 17, 1832 in Guttentag, Prussia, June 2, 1897 in New York City) was an American Civil War Union Army soldier of Jewish descent. He received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Cohn earned the award for his actions in combat at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia on May 6, 1864, and the Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864.

Abraham Cohn
Born(1832-06-17)June 17, 1832
Guttentag, Prussia (now Poland)
DiedJune 2, 1897(1897-06-02) (aged 64)
New York City, New York
Place of burialCypress Hills Cemetery, New York City
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1864 - 1865
RankFirst Lieutenant
Unit6th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
AwardsMedal of Honor

Medal of Honor citationEdit


During Battle of the Wilderness rallied and formed, under heavy fire, disorganized and fleeing troops of different regiments. At Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864, bravely and coolly carried orders to the advanced line under severe fire.[1]


Medal of Honor
  1. "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (A-L)". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-09.

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