George L. Banks

American Medal of Honor recipient (1839-1924)

George Lovell Banks (October 13, 1839 - August 20, 1924) was an American soldier. He received the Medal of Honor for valor during the American Civil War.

George L. Banks
Born(1839-10-13)October 13, 1839
Lake County, Ohio, United States
DiedAugust 20, 1924(1924-08-20) (aged 84)
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1861 - 1864
RankFirst Sergeant
Unit15th Indiana Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsBattle of Missionary Ridge
AwardsMedal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor


Banks was born in Lake County, Ohio October 13, 1839. He served in the American Civil War in the 15th Indiana Infantry for the Union Army. He received the Medal of Honor on February 18, 1891 because of his actions at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

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As color bearer, led his regiment in the assault, and, though wounded, carried the nag forward to the enemy's works, where he was again wounded. In a brigade of 8 regiments this flag was the first planted on the parapet.[1]


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