Irish Recipients of the Medal of Honor Oct 19, 2012 9:06:02 GMT
Post by groundhog on Oct 19, 2012 9:06:02 GMT
Cedar Creek, Virginia
19th October 1864
19th October 1864
Cedar Creek was the final battle of Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1864. At dawn on October 19th, Early’s Confederate Army of the Valley surprised the Federal army at Cedar Creek and routed the VIII and XIX Army Corps. Sheridan was returning from Washington and had stayed the previous night at Winchester. He rode to the sound of the guns, rallied his troops and in the afternoon, launched a counterattack, which recovered the battlefield. Sheridan’s victory at Cedar Creek broke the back of the Confederate army in the Shenandoah Valley. Lincoln was re-elected on the strength of Sheridan’s victories in the Valley and Sherman’s successes in Georgia.
Two Irish soldiers earned the Medal of Honor at Cedar Creek.
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Walsh was a Tipperary-man born on 4th December 1841. He was a Corporal in Company D, 5th New York Cavalry at Cedar Creek. His MOH Citation says that he recaptured the flag of the 15th New Jersey Infantry. Walsh’s medal was issued on 26th October 1864.
John Walsh died on 25th May 1924 and is buried in Saint Benedicts Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Thomas Wells was Chief Bugler of the 6th New York Cavalry at Cedar Creek. He was born in 1841 in Ireland. His birthplace is recorded as Ather which could be Athy. He received the Medal of Honor for the capture of the colours of 44th Georgia Infantry. Wells was subsequently promoted to First Lieutenant.
He died in New York on February 5h 1901 and is buried in East DeKalb Cemetery.
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