Archive for August, 2018

A Kearny Medal Mystery

Capt. Solomon T. Lyon of the 5th Michigan Infantry has been described as a recipient of the Kearny Medal and there is a photo that seems to prove it. ¬†The trouble is that, not only was Capt. Lyon not on the official list of recipients, but he apparently didn’t qualify to receive the medal. ¬†So […]


A Pension for Annie Etheridge

Annie Etheridge is one of at least four women who are known to have received the Kearny Cross. ¬†And, although she never actually enlisted in the army (serving as a volunteer field nurse or “vivandiere”), she is frequently described¬†as¬†one of the very few female private citizens who received a pension for her service to the […]