Franklin L. Wilcox

Franklin L. Wilcox was born November 1830 and died 16 Nov 1898. He is buried at the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mr. Wilcox was a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Ordinary Seaman in the Union Navy. His citation reads, "On board the USS Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 Jan 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Wilcox advanced to the top of the sandhill and partly through the breach in the palisades, despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its colors."  Co. C, 48th NY Inf.

Burial: Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery Grand Rapids Kent County Michigan, USA Plot: Plot 2, Row 7, Grave 9

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Created: 22 Mar 2007