Sergeant Thomas Plunkett

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Private Thomas Plunkett (1841 - 1885) was a color bearer during the Civil War. He carried the banner of his regiment at the Battle of Fredericksburg when a cannon blast took away both of his hands. He carried on by pressing the flag against his chest with his wrists and continued until one of the color guard took the flag from him so he could retire. For these actions, Plunkett was awarded the Medal of Honor.


Charles Carleton Coffin Drum-Beat of the Nation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1915)


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