The Medal Of Honor is the highest ranked military honor awarded for personal acts of valor. President Abraham Lincoln was the one who invented the medal in the first place
It is awarded by the president and only given to military personnel. People get it by taking action against an enemy force. There has been only 3464 medals ever awarded. 1522 of those medals were awarded during the civil war.
On March 25, 1863 Pvt. Jacob Parrot and his group of men were the first group of 6 mean awarded the medal of honor.
William Carney of the Massachusetts 54th was honored for his quick and courageous actions at Ft. Wagner.
Joshua Lawrence chamberlain received the medal of honor for his service at Gettysburg.
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain