|Confederate Medal of Honor|
|Presented by||Sons of Confederate Veterans|
The Confederate Medal of Honor is an award established by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) in 1977 to posthumously recognize bravery by members of the military of the Confederate States during the American Civil War.
The Confederate States Congress, on October 13, 1862, authorized the President to bestow medals and badges for bravery. However, none were ever created or awarded. In their place, the Army created the Confederate Roll of Honor in 1863.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
In 1968 the SCV passed a resolution to issue the Confederate Medal of Honor and it began minting them in 1977. According to the SCV's Executive Director, "[t]he SCV created their own Confederate Medal of Honor simply because there were some incredible acts of valor that had received little or no recognition during and after the war". As of 2014, at least 50 medals had been awarded.
Recipients must be shown to have "distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry, bravery, and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in action against the enemy of the Confederate States of America." Most recipients are listed on the Confederate Roll of Honor. The medal and certificate are given to an institution, such as a museum or library, which guarantees to display them.
The current medal is bronze and silver, with two five-pointed stars overlain. Inscribed are the words "Honor. Duty. Valor. Devotion." In the center is the Great Seal of the Confederate States.
- Father Emmeran M. Bliemel
- Commander Isaac Brown
- Private Sam Davis
- David Owen Dodd
- Lieutenant-Geneneral Nathan Bedford Forrest
- Brigadier-General Wade Hampton
- Sergeant Richard Rowland Kirkland
- Captain John S. Mosby
- Major John Pelham
- Captain Henry Wirz
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- Confederate Medal of Honor Committee at Sons of Confederate Veterans
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- Photograph of first version of medal
- Photograph of second version of medal