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James H. Robinson (soldier)

James H. Robinson (died July 26, 1864) was a Union Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.

James H. Robinson
Born Oakland County, Michigan
Died (1864-07-26)July 26, 1864
Memphis, Tennessee
Place of burial Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee
Allegiance United States United States of America

United States Army

Rank Private

American Civil War

Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg - Medal of Honor

A resident of Victor Township, Michigan, Robinson enlisted at the age of 18 in the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, and was mustered in as a Private in Company B. On January 27, 1864 at Brownsville, Arkansas, he performed an act of bravery, single-handedly defending himself against a party of seven enemy guerrillas and killing their leader, that garnered him the Medal of Honor.

Private Robinson received the Medal of Honor on April 4, 1864.

He was later killed in action during the war, and his remains were eventually buried in the Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, where they can be found in Section H, Grave 4131. His gravesite is marked with a government issue Medal of Honor marker.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

James H. Robinson's tombstone

Rank and Organization:

Private, Company B, 3d Michigan Cavalry. Place and date: At Brownsville, Ark., January 27, 1864. Entered service at: Victor, Mich. Birth. Oakland County, Mich. Date of issue: April 4, 1864.


Successfully defended himself, single-handed against seven guerrillas, killing the leader (Capt. W. C. Stephenson) and driving off the remainder of the party.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "James H. Robinson". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ ""Civil War Medal of Honor citations" (S-Z): Robinson, James H". Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Medal of Honor website (M-Z): Robinson, James H". United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2007-11-09.