ACTION: Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison), VA.
DATE: 29 September 1864.
NAME: Gardiner, James.
RANK/UNIT: Private, Co. I, 36th U.S. Colored Troops.
CITATION: "Rushed in advance of his brigade, shot a rebel officer who was on the parapet rallying his men, and then ran him through with his bayonet."
MEDAL PRESENTED: 6 April 1865.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Born: Gloucester, VA. 1843 or 1844
ENTERED SERVICE: Yorktown, VA. 15 September 1863.
OTHER: Gardiner was a 19-year-old oysterman from Gloucester, VA, when he signed on for three years service in the U.S. Army. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on September 30, 1864, as a result of his gallantry the day before. Sergeant Gardiner was reduced to the ranks on July 13, 1863, and mustered out of service at Brazos de Santiago, Texas on September 20, 1866.
An order from Gen. Benjamin Butler, dated 11 October 1864, had this to say:
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