Loron F. Packard, a Cattaraugus County native, enlisted at age 18 at Haskell Flats on August 29, 1861, to serve three years, and was mustered in two days later as a Private in Company E of the 5th New York Cavalry. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864; was appointed Saddler at an unrecorded date; and was wounded at an unknown date. He was mustered out on July 19, 1865, at Winchester, Virginia. Packard’s Medal of Honor, issued on August 20, 1894, was awarded for his action at Raccoon Ford, Virginia, on November 27, 1863. Its citation: “After his command had retreated, this soldier, voluntarily and alone, returned to the assistance of a comrade and rescued him from the hands of three armed Confederates.”
Packard died on July 16, 1903, and is buried in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York.
Submitted by CAMP members.