of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
INGALLS, LEWIS J.
Rank and Organization: Private, Company K, 8th Vermont Infantry. Place and
Date: At Boutte Station, La., 4 September 1862. Entered service an Belvidere, Vt. Birth:
Boston, Mass. Date of Issue: 20 October 1899.
A railroad train guarded by about 60 men on flat cars having been sidetracked by a
misplaced switch into an ambuscade of guerrillas who were rapidly shooting down the
unprotected guards, this soldier, under a severe fire in which he was wounded, ran to
another switch and, opening it, enabled the train and the surviving guards to escape.
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