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Future Michigan Congressman wins the Congressional Medal of Honor at Horseshoe Bend in Kentucky

Byron Mac Cutcheon, detail
05/10/1863
Major Byron Cutcheon was in command of the 20th Michigan Infantry during the fight at Horseshoe Bend in Kentucky when Union troops faced a superior force of Confederate cavalry under General John Hunt Morgan.  To consolidate the defense line, Union commander Colonel R. Jacobs ordered an attack on a large farm house nearby.  Cutcheon led this attack and won the Medal of Honor, the day before his 27th birthday.  He later served in the U.S. Congress from Michigan.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Byron M. Cutcheon (ed.), The Story of the Twentieth Michigan Infantry, July 15th, 1862 to May 30th, 1865 ... (Lansing, MI: R. Smith Print. Company, 1904), 53-54. 

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