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The act • 43 • 44 • ONE OF THE MOST GALLANT MEN OF THE ARMY authorized the president to issue Medals of Honor, in the name of Congress, that could only go to non-commissioned officers and enlisted men. The next year, the law was amended to include officers as well. S. Army. The standards for awarding the Medal of Honor for service during the Civil War are different from those that exist today. Many Civil War Medals of Honor were awarded for capturing the enemy’s flag or banner and for saving one’s own flag from capture by the enemy.

Noticeably awestruck, Comyns-Carr left a detailed account of the conversations she shared with Palmer. Her diary entry for February 14, 1903, reads, WITHEROW • 39 In the evening we had some more of the Battleground which brought up many interesting reminiscences of General Palmer. He was laughing over the puzzlements of the Quaker element in Philadelphia who disapproved of slavery and yet disapproved of war and didn’t know who to support. For Palmer, the answer in 1861 and in 1903 remained the same—one evil outweighed another.

He has written several interpretive histories for National Park Service historic sites, including Little Bighorn Battlefield, Fort Laramie, the Santa Fe Trail, and Bent’s Old Fort. He has also written biographies of frontier icons George Armstrong Custer (2005) and Geronimo (2006). He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado. com. 52 • ONE OF THE MOST GALLANT MEN OF THE ARMY Sources William Jackson Palmer’s Medal of Honor, along with its ribbon and original wooden box, is currently on display on the third floor of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

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