Congressional Medals of Honor Awarded to members of the
100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment, "The Roundheads"
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company M, 100th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Place and date: At Petersburg, Va., 25 March 1865. Entered service at:
Allegheny County, Pa. Birth: Allegheny County, Pa. Date of issue. 3 July
1865. Citation: Capture of flag of 31st Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg, PA
Burial Site of MOH winner, Sgt. Charles
Oliver, Co. M
|CHAMBERS, JOSEPH B.
Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 100th Pennsylvania
Infantry. Place and date: At Petersburg, Va., 25 March 1865. Entered
service at: East Brook, Pa. Birth: Beaver County, Pa. Date of issue: 27
July 1871. Citation: Capture of colors of 1st Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
A letter written by Joseph B. Chambers
on 3 October 1871 to the adjutant general of the United States
acknowledging the receipt of his Medal of Honor in the mail. Image
courtesy of National Civil War Museum, document from US National
Oak Park Cemetery
New Castle (Lawrence County-New Castle North)
Plot: Section O, Lot 5
The following text of Joseph B. Chambers service comes from the
Lawrence County Historical Society Website:
Believed to be
the county's only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Joseph B.
Chambers, a member of Company F of the Roundhead Regiment, was sent
ahead of a skirmish in advance of the line of battle. At the edge of a
road, Chambers observed the Confederate colors, jumped over resting
troops and grabbed the flag pole holding the enemy flag. When the color
bearer rushed to regain the flag, there was a tussle. The Confederate
soldiers did not shoot for fear of hitting the color bearer. Meanwhile,
the Union soldiers advanced quickly and captured the large Confederate
detachment. A short time later, Pvt. Chambers, already in possession of
the enemy flag, stopped a Confederate officer and took his sword. Pvt.
Chambers was the father of Judge James A. Chambers. (Photo courtesy of
Mrs. James E. Chambers).
Author's Note: Both Congressional Medals of Honor
were awarded for gallantry and bravery in front of Petersburg at the
retaking of Fort Stedman, March 25, 1865.