Search For Medals of Honor

The Medal of Honor traces its inception to the Civil War by an act of Congress signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on December 21, 1861. As the only military award authorized during the American Civil War, the Medal of Honor was presented for meritorious actions that would not necessarily be recognized by the Armed Services today. Search the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System to find the men who were accorded this military decoration. Information on the sources of these records may be found here.