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Sidney Haight
Petersburg crater explosion waud.jpg
The Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, during the Siege of Petersburg.
Born (1847-08-21)August 21, 1847
Died September 17, 1918(1918-09-17) (aged 71)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Company E, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters
Battles/wars American Civil War, Battle of Petersburg, Virginia
Awards Medal of Honor

Sidney Haight (August 21, 1847 – September 17, 1918) was a soldier in the United States Army during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor, the highest honor of the U.S. military.

Biography

Haight was born in Reading, Michigan in 1846. He entered the U.S. Army at Goodland, Michigan, and served in Company E of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. He reached the rank of corporal. Haight received the citation for actions at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864, in the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia. He died Sep. 17, 1918 in Reading, Michigan.

Haight's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Instead of retreating, remained in the captured works, regardless of his personal safety and exposed to the firing, which he boldly and deliberately returned until the enemy was close upon him.

Haight was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 31, 1896.

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