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Amanda Yelvington & Giulia Falabella
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Honor & Courage
Citizenship & Patriotism
William Harvey Carney
William Harvey Carney was the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor. During the battle of Fort Wagner, in 1863, Carney was wounded four times, including one bullet to the face, one to the chest, and one to the arm. Despite his injuries, Carney never let the American flag he was holding touch the ground.
William H. Carney displayed
Citizenship and Patriotism by
making it his priority to-while
trying to escape his enemies-
keep the American flag from
touching the ground
Carney showed great
honor and courage during
the battle of Fort Wagner.
Not only did he he bravely
fight for his country, but got
wounded severely doing so.
However, his injuries never
stopped him from fulfilling his duties exceptionally.
William Harvey Carney was born in Norfolk,
Virginia on February 29, 1840. Carney was
born a slave. His father, William sr.. escaped
slavery through the underground railroad. Eventually, the family was reunited and settled in
New Bedford. Carney waited 37 years to receive his, well deserved, Medal of Honor. He ultimately passed away on December 8, 1908 at the age of 68.