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Leopold Karpeles
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Born: 1838
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Died: 1909 (aged 70–71)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
Union Army
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Rank: Sergeant
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Unit: 46th Massachusetts Volunteers
57th Massachusetts Infantry
Battles: Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of North Anna
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Leopold Karpeles (1838–1909) was a flagbearer in the Union Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.


Born in Prague, to a Jewish family, Leopold moved to Texas when he was young. When war broke out and Texas seceded, he moved away, feeling no association with the Confederate States of America.

Karpeles received the Medal of Honor for rallying retreating troops, inducing them to check the enemy's advance while under heavy fire on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 57th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., May 6, 1864. Entered service at: Springfield, Mass. Birth: Hungary. Date of issue: April 30, 1870.


While color bearer, rallied the retreating troops and induced them to check the enemy's advance.

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of Jewish Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L


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