Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as a Sergeant in Company D, 99th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863. His citation reads "When his regiment fell back in the assault, repulsed, this soldier continued to advance and planted the flag on the parapet, where he was captured by the enemy". His Medal was awarded to him on April 1, 1898.