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

James Coey

  • Rank: Major (Highest Rank: Brevet Colonel U.S. Volunteers)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    147th New York Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 6, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hatcher's Run, Virginia, USA
Seized the regimental colors at a critical moment and by a prompt advance on the enemy caused the entire brigade to follow him; and, after himself being severely wounded, he caused himself to be lifted into the saddle and a second time rallied the line in an attempt to check the enemy.
Medal of Honor Recipient James Coey
Medal of Honor Recipient James Coey
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Oswego, Oswego County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 12, 1892
  • Born: February 12, 1841, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: July 14, 1918, Berkeley, CA, United States
  • Buried: San Francisco National Cemetery (MH) (OS-89-1), San Francisco, CA, United States

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