Career soldier Absalom Baird wins the Medal of Honor, leading a bayonet charge at Jonesborough
On the second day of the piviotal Battle of Jonesborough outside Atlanta, acting Brigadier-General Absalom Baird personally led the men of his division in a bayonet charge that broke through the last Confederate defenses, capturing CSA General Daniel Govan in the process. The enemy were then forced to fall back on Atlanta and, that evening, abandon the city. Baird, a career soldier, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroics in April 1896. (By John Osborne)
Walter Frederick Beyer, Oscar Frederick Keydel, Deeds of Valor: from records in the archives of the United States government; how American heroes won the Medal of Honor ...(Detroit, MI: Perrien-Keydel Co., 1901), II: 526.