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Charles E. Capehart
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Born 1833
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died 1911 (aged 77–78)
Washington D.C.
Place of burial
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Union Army LTC rank insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held West Virginia 1st Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Gettysburg
 • Fight at Monterey Pass
Awards Medal of Honor

Charles E. Capehart (1833–1911) was an officer in the U.S. Cavalry during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for action following the Battle of Gettysburg on July 4, 1863.

Military service

Capehart enlisted in the Union Army and was commissioned captain and placed in command of Company A, 1st West Virginia Cavalry. He was promoted to major on June 6, 1863. Major Capehart assumed command of the regiment during the Battle of Gettysburg when Colonel Nathaniel P. Richmond had to assume command of the regiment's brigade after brigade commander Elon J. Farnsworth was killed leading a charge. On July 4, 1863, Capehart's regiment charged down a mountainside at night during a thunderstorm, attacking and capturing a retreating Confederate wagon train. This act would lead to the awarding of the Medal of Honor.

Capehart was promoted to lieutenant colonel on August 1, 1864. His brother, General Henry Capehart was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Civil War. Capehart died on July 11, 1911, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

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