Sons of Union Veterans

of  the Civil War

Sgt. Jacob Overturf, Camp #4

Broken Arrow, Ok


Sergeant Jacob Henry Overturf

Born:  January 07, 1842 at Jefferson County, IN

Died:  September 10, 1900 at the age of 58

He enlisted in the 83rd Indiana Infantry, Co. K on

25 Aug 1862.


Earned The Medal of Honor for Heroism on May 22, 1863 at

Vicksburg, MS

Private Jacob Henry Overturf was one of the volunteer soldiers in the charge of the Volunteer Storming Party known as the "forlorn hope" at Vicksburg, MS.

 Jacob survived the assault and withdrew with the remaining survivors under the cover of darkness.  Newspaper accounts state that “Private Overturf was at the head of his attacking force where the enemy fire was hottest and the danger the greatest”.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1863 and was discharged from military service on 10 Sep 1864 


On August 13 1894, Sergeant Jacob Henry Overturf was nominated by

President Grover Cleveland for and was awarded the

Medal of Honor for Heroism.


His citation proclaims:

Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."


53 survivors of the original 150 men were awarded the Medal.

Seven of the men were from the 83rd Indiana Infantry.

Sgt. Jacob H. Overturf is the cousin of Camp Charter member Bernie Cooper

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