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Rudolph Romeo Riddell
Riddell in 1864
|Born||11 February 1847
Hamilton, New York
|Died||8 September 1913
Hamilton, New York
Madison Street Cemetery, Hamilton, New York
|Allegiance||United States (Union)|
|Years of service||1862-1865|
|Unit||Company I, 61st New York Volunteer Infantry|
|Commands held||Company I, 61st New York Volunteer Infantry|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Sailor's Creek|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Rudolph Romeo Riddell (11 February 1847 - 8 September 1913) was a Lieutenant in the United States Army who was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the American Civil War. On 6 April 1865, Riddell captured the flag of the 6th Alabama Cavalry of the Confederate Army. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on 10 May 1865.
Riddell was born in Hamilton, New York on 11 February 1847 to parents David Riddell and Polly Parks Riddell. He was the younger of two children. In 1869, he married Annie Naomi Palmer (1853 - 1934). He had no known children. Riddell died on 8 September 1913 in Hamilton and was buried in Madison Street Cemetery in Hamilton.
Riddell enlisted in the Union Army as a drummer at the age of 15. He was eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and commanded Company I of the 61st New York Volunteer Infantry. On 6 April 1865, during the Battle of Sailor's Creek near Farmville, Virginia, he captured the flag of the 6th Alabama Cavalry of the Confederate Army. This action allowed him to receive the Medal of Honor on 10 May 1865. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1865.
Riddell's Medal of Honor citation reads:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Rudolph R. Riddell, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 6 April 1865, while serving with Company I, 61st New York Infantry, in action at Deatonsville (Sailor's Creek), Virginia. Lieutenant Riddell captured the flag of the 6th Alabama Cavalry (Confederate States of America).
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