Medal of Honor Presented to Antietam National Battlefield in Moving Ceremony

Medal of Honor Presented to Antietam National Battlefield in Moving Ceremony

First Lieutenant George W. Hooker was awarded the Medal of Honor for his capture of 116 Confederate soldiers on Sept. 14, 1862, days before the Battle of Antietam. Recently, Hooker's great-grandson Henry Willard recently donated the medal to Antietam National Battlefield. The Medal of Honor is generally a very personal award that is passed down as a family heirloom and rarely displayed to the public, but Willard thought it was best to give it to the battlefield where it could be kept safe and shared with the public. The medal was formally presented to the battlefield during a special ceremony held the week of the battle anniversary in September.

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