Biography and History

John W. Comfort was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1844. He was a career soldier, reenlisting continually in the Army from 1861 to 1890, and still serving in 1892. He participated in many battles during the Civil War, particularly in Georgia, including the sieges of Atlanta and Savannah. On 13 October 1875 Comfort received a Medal of Honor for his bravery associated with a battle against the Kiowa and Commanche Nations in Staked Plains, Texas, on 5 November 1874. The citation for the medal plainly states, “Ran down and killed an Indian.” As the materials in this collection demonstrate, he was a keen observer of his experiences at the Battle of Wounded Knee. Comfort died on 29 November 1893 in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Source: From the finding aid for C0947

  • John W. Comfort Papers. circa 1875-1895 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0947

    The John W. Comfort Papers consists of a letter, hand-drawn map, detailed narrative, military service history, and photograph of the career soldier John W. Comfort (1844-1893). The map and narrative document Comfort's experience fighting Big Foot's Sioux band at the Battle of Wounded Knee, 29 December 1890.