Mounted on horseback, Col. Matthew S. Quay led the 134th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers into the path of deadly Confederate cannon and sharpshooters atop Marye’s Heights during the battle of Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862.
The future Pennsylvania political boss and U.S. Senator received a Medal of Honor for his valor that day. The honor came 25 years late, but even though Quay was a powerful politician by that time there was little doubt among his former comrades that he deserved it. READ MORE »