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Charles Henry Tompkins

Born: Sep 12, 1830

Death: Jan 18, 1915

Birthplace: Fort Monroe

Nationality: United States

Charles Henry Tompkins

Date of Birth : Sep 12, 1830
Date of Death : Jan 18, 1915
Birth Place : Fort Monroe

Charles Henry Tompkins was a Union Army colonel, who received an appointment to the brevet grade of Brigadier General of volunteers during the American Civil War. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in action on June 1, 1861 in the Battle of Fairfax Court House. This was the first action in the Civil War for which a Union Army officer would receive the Medal of Honor, although it was not awarded until 1893. He is not to be confused with another Union officer, Brevet Brigadier General Charles H. Tompkins who commanded the 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery Regiment.

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