A Congressional Medal of Honour to the 8th U.S. Cavy
A Congressional Medal of Honour to the 8th U.S. Cavy - Type 1. In bronze, three-piece construction with a variation of the American flag in the ribbon, finely cut dies for various components of the medal, engraved "The Congress - to - Private Albert Sale Co.F. 8th U.S. Cavy", 53 mm x 67 mm inclusive of eagle and crossed cannons and cannonballs suspension, bronze pinback hanger with U.S. shield, very crisp detail, high relief, in extremely fine condition. In extremely rare case of issue, made by and marked Wm. Wilson & Son, fabric hindge has seperated, working catch, purple velvet interior, measuring 115mm x 66mm x 18mm, fine condition. Footnote: Citation: Gallantry in killing an Indian warrior and capturing pony and effects. June 29, 1869 Witnessed By: Major W. Price, Lieutenant H. Cushing Location: Santa Maria River, Arizona Medal of Honour Issued: March 3, 1870 Birth: "1850", Broome County, New York Enlisted: Dubuque, Iowa Death: November 29, 1874, Post Hospital, Fort Union, New Mexico Cause of Death: "Typhoid Fever" (more likely Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) Grave: Post Cemetery, Fort Union, New Mexico (1874-92) Sale's unit opposed the Apache, a southwestern tribe fighting to stop what they viewed as encroachments upon their ancestorals lands. Excellent horsemen, the Apache knew their territory better than the cavalry and effectively raided ranches and other settlements beginning in the 1860s. Sale served in the midst of this confict. A report of Troop F of the 8th Cavalry briefly references action against the Apache at Camp Toll Gate in June, 1869. The cavalry and Apraches skirmished back and forth in the area. On June 26 a larger battle occured when his unit, under Major W.R. Price surprised some Apaches on the Santa Maria River, killing four warriors and destroying some 200 of their dwellings. Three days later, in a follow-up action, Sale killed an Apache warrior and seized his pony and 'effects', which were probably his bow and arrow and other weapons. Account of what was neary certainly Albert Sales's final illness: "On November 21, 1874, Major A.J. Alexander and two companies of Eighth Cavalry returned to Fort Union from the field, and one of the soldiers with the command had typhoid fever. This man, nearly moribund when admitted to the hospital, died a week later. A post mordem examination showed that, in addition to typhoid, the victim's gall bladder contained 255 gall stones. This specimen was sent to the Army Medical Museum, Washington, D.C. No one else contracted typhoid fever, but there were "many cases" of diarrhea and dysentery at the post, especially among children, during the same month."