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Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906)

 
 
Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
1. Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) Marker
Inscription.  Clinton Greaves (or Graves), Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Madison County, very likely into slavery. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1872 and served as a corporal in Co. C, 9th Cavalry. On 24 Jan. 1877 in the Florida Mountains of New Mexico, he was part of a small detachment sent to persuade about 50 Apache Indians to return to a reservation. The Apaches surrounded the cavalrymen until, in hand-to-hand combat, Greaves created a gap through which his companions escaped. On 26 June 1879, Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes awarded him the Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism." A U.S. military base in the Republic of Korea was later named Camp Greaves in his honor.
 
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JE-8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 26, 1879.
 
Location. 38° 22.801′ N, 78° 15.467′ W. Marker is
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in Madison, Virginia, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) and Church Street (Virginia Route 1001), on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Located in the historic Courthouse Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 South Main Street, Madison VA 22727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison County Confederate Dead (a few steps from this marker); Madison County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); The Fallen Warriors Monument (a few steps from this marker); Herbert Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker); James L. Kemper Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson’s March to Fredericksburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hebron Lutheran Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Joseph Early Home (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on June 24, 2017.
 
Also see . . .  Clinton Greaves. Find A Grave listing with photos of Greaves' gravestone in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. (Submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.) 
 
Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) Medal of Honor Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 16, 2000
2. Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) Medal of Honor Grave Marker
He is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus OH, Section 27, Lot 88-Grave GPS Coordinates N39.9393 W83.0362. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: GREAVES, CLINTON • Rank and organization: Corporal, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry • Place and date: At Florida Mountains, N. Mex., 24 January 1877 • Entered service at: Prince Georges County, Md. • Date of issue: 26 June 1879 Citation: While part of a small detachment to persuade a band of renegade Apache Indians to surrender, his group was surrounded. Cpl. Greaves in the center of the savage hand-to-hand fighting, managed to shoot and bash a gap through the swarming Apaches, permitting his companions to break free.
Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
3. Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) Marker
Statue of Cpl. Clinton Greaves image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. Craig Bell (from Wikimedia Commons), April 6, 2013
4. Statue of Cpl. Clinton Greaves
Located at Fort Bayard, New Mexico.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   2. submitted on June 28, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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