The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to:

James Burton Pond
Buried: Bronx, New York

Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: Company C, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry
Place: At Baxter Springs, Kansas
Date: 6 October 1863
Entered service at: Janesville, Rock County, WI
Born: 11 June 1838 at Allegany, Cattaraugus County, NY
Died: 21 June 1903

Citation: While in command of two companies of cavalry, was surprised and attacked several times by a number of guerrillas, but gallantly rallied his men, and after a severe struggle drove the enemy outside the fortifications. First Lieutenant Pond then went outside the works and, alone and unaided, fired a howitzer three times, throwing the enemy into confusion and causing them to retire.