Richard Enderlin

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Richard Enderlin
Born(1843-01-11)January 11, 1843
DiedFebruary 11, 1930(1930-02-11) (aged 87)
Place of burial
Grandview Cemetery Chillicothe
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1861–1865
Unit73rd Ohio Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
*Battle of Gettysburg
AwardsMedal of Honor

Richard Enderlin (January 11, 1843 – February 11, 1930) was a musician and United States Army soldier who received a Medal of Honor for the heroism he displayed when fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.


Enderlin was born in Germany and grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army in November 1861. Enderlin thought his unit was not directly engaged, so the bugler voluntarily joined the defense of Cemetery Ridge. On July 2, during combat, George Nixon III (the great-grandfather of American President Richard Nixon) was wounded and was carried out of harm's way by Enderlin. For this action, he was promoted to sergeant the next day, and received the Medal of Honor on September 11, 1897.

Enderlin was later wounded in his right foot at the Battle of Dallas, and served in the Veteran Reserve Corps until his discharge in May 1865.[1]

Enderlin is buried at Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, US.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Musician, Company B, 73d Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 1-July 3, 1863. Entered service at: Chillicothe, Ohio. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: September 11, 1897.


Voluntarily took a rifle and served as a soldier in the ranks during the first and second days of the battle. Voluntarily and at his own imminent peril went into the enemy's lines at night and, under a sharp fire, rescued a wounded comrade.

See also[edit]


  • "Notable Citizens". Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  • "Photo of Gravesite". Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  • "Medal of Honor citation". Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  • "Battles and Campaigns". Archived from the original on September 8, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2010.