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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Andrew Jackson Lorish

  • Rank: Commissary Sergeant (Highest Rank: Brevet First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    19th New York Cavalry (1st New York Dragoons)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 19, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Winchester, Virginia, USA
Amid the enemy he grabbed the flag from a color bearer who then called for help. When the bearer's comrades were readying their rifles, he dashed directly at them securing their disarming. As he rode away, the Confederates picked up their guns firing at the captor of their flag.
Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew J. Lorish
Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew J. Lorish
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Attica, Wyoming County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 27, 1864
  • Born: November 8, 1832, Dansville, Livingston County, NY, United States
  • Died: August 11, 1897, Warsaw, NY, United States
  • Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery (MH) (F-6), Attica, NY, United States

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