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Charles Henry Fasnacht
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Medal of Honor winner Charles Henry Fasnacht c1864
Born (1842-03-27)March 27, 1842
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Died July 21, 1902(1902-07-21) (agedĀ 60)
Buried
Greenwood Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank
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E-05Sergeant
Unit Pennsylvania Company A, 99th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Fredericksburg
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant Charles Henry Fasnacht (born 'Karl Heinrich Fasnacht'March 27, 1842 to July 21, 1902) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Fasnacht received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia on 12 May 1864. He was honored with the award on 2 April 1878.

Biography

Fasnacht was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on 27 March 1842. He enlisted in the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry. He died on 21 July 1902 and his remains are interred at the Greenwood Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

After performing the act of gallantry earned him the Medal of Honor on 12 May 1864 during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, he was captured by the Confederates, after being wounded on the battlefield. Having hid the captured flag under his shirt, he was later rescued by Union troops while being transferred to Richmond, Virginia. Fasnacht continued to fight in the war until he was mustered out on 1 July 1865.

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