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James M. Cumpston Ohio

1837- 24th May 1888

28th May 2011.

 

Today I heard from a CUMPSTON descendant [email protected] who wrote

 

'We are the descendents of the James Cumpston who received the Medal of Honor in the Civil War. We live in southern Ohio and have traveled to several counties trying to find out more about his origins, with little luck. We do have his Civil War records and marriage certificate, and know his father was from Pennsylvania.'

 

From my records I know he has an entry in wikipedia:

 

Place of birth Gallia County, Ohio  Place of death Ohio

Place of burial Coalton Cemetery, Coalton, Ohio

Allegiance United States Service/branch United States Army

Union Army Rank Private Unit 91st Ohio Infantry

Battles/wars American Civil War  Valley Campaigns of 1864

 

Awards Medal of Honor

 

James M. Cumpston (1837 – May 24, 1888) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Valley Campaigns of 1864. Although his military records are under Cumpston, his surname is correctly spelled Compston.

 

Medal of Honor citation :

 

“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private James M. Cumpston, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism from August to November, 1864, while serving with Company D, 91st Ohio Infantry, in action in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Virginia, for capture of flag.”

 

Reference: "James M. Cumpston". Hall of Valor. Military Times. 

 

Findagrave entry reads: Birth 1837 Death May 24 1888  

 

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. At age 25 he enlisted in the Union Army, and was mustered in as a Private in Company D, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 14, 1862. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in action during August to November 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Virginia. His citation reads "Capture of flag." He served through the end of the war, and he was honorably mustered out on June 24, 1865 at Cumberland, Maryland. His Medal was issued to him under the name of "James Cumpston", and he is still officially listed that way. (bio by: Don Morfe)  

 

Burial: Coalton Cemetery  Coalton Jackson County Ohio, USA

 

Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: Don Morfe

Record added: Jan 29, 2004  Find A Grave Memorial# 8333103

 

[Please note - there are no other CUMPSTON or COMPSTON entries at this Cemetery. GM]

NEW PAGE 28 May 2011

 

PLEASE CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JAMES?

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PLEASE NOTE - THERE ARE 2 PEOPLE CALLED James M CUMPSTON.  

 

The second was born in Pennsylavania around 1835. He was married to Elizabeth Thomas He had one daughter, Julia Ann (great grandmother of Linda Heneghan). He was in Co. E. 15th regiment of the Kansas Voluntary Calvary.

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