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VARNUM, CHARLES

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While executing an order to withdraw, seeing that a continuance of the movement would expose another troop of his regiment to being cut off and surrounded, he disregarded orders to retire, placed himself in front of his men, led a charge upon the advancing Indians, regained a commanding position that had just been vacated, and thus insured a safe withdrawal of both detachments without further loss.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Army Captain (highest rank: Colonel) Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry

Conflict

Year of honor

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Indian Campaigns 1890 Troy, Rensselaer County, New York

Citation

While executing an order to withdraw, seeing that a continuance of the movement would expose another troop of his regiment to being cut off and surrounded, he disregarded orders to retire, placed himself in front of his men, led a charge upon the advancing Indians, regained a commanding position that had just been vacated, and thus insured a safe withdrawal of both detachments without further loss.