Brant, William (MOH), CPT

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Captain (Infantry)
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1865-1865, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac
Service Years
1861 - 1865


Captain (Infantry)

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Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2012, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

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Captain William Brant enlisted in the Union Army on May 16, 1861, serving as a Corporal in Company A, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. Promoted to Sergeant of Company A on February 4, 1862, he fought at this rank at the Battles of Five Forks, Glendale and Second Bull Run. He was then advanced to 1st Sergeant on September 1, 1862, serving in this capacity in the Battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Mine Run Campaign.

Re-enlisted in the Union Army in December 1863, when the enlistment of the surviving men of the 1st New Jersey Infantry expired by law in June 1864, the majority of the remaining veterans were mustered out. However, the men who had re-enlisted were consolidated into the 1st New Jersey Veteran Battalion. On February 2, 1865 William Brant was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Company B of the Battalion.

On April 3, 1865 his unit participated in the final assaults in the Confederate positions at Petersburg, Virginia, where he captured the battle flag of the 46th North Carolina (CSA) Infantry, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this on May 10, 1865.

He received the brevet of Captain, US Volunteers on April 2, 1865. On May 11 he was promoted to full Captain, and was mustered out of Union service on June 29, 1865, having served the entire length of the War.

~Medal of Honor Citation~
For extraordinary heroism on 3 April 1865, while serving with Company B, 1st New Jersey Veteran Battalion, in action at Petersburg, Virginia, for capture of battle flag of 46th North Carolina.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army of the Potomac
  1861-1862, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac
  1862-1862, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac
  1862-1865, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac
  1865-1865, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac
  1865-1865, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1862-1862 Seven Days Battles June 25 to July 1 1862/Battle of Glendale/White Oak Swamp June 30 1862
  1862-1862 Manassas Campaign (1862)/Second Battle of Bull Run 28 to 30 August 1862
  1862-1862 Antietam Campaign (1862)/Battle of South Mountain 14 September 1862
  1862-1862 Antietam Campaign (1862)/Battle of Antietam 16 to 18 September 1862
  1862-1862 Fredericksburg Campaign (1862)/Battle of Fredericksburg 11 to 15 December 1862
  1863-1863 Chancellorsville Campaign (1863)/Battle of Chancellorsville 30 April to 6 May 1863
  1863-1863 Gettysburg Campaign (1863)/Battle of Gettysburg
  1865-1865 Appomattox Campaign (1865)/Battle of Five Forks 1 April 1865
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