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

Joseph Sewell gerrish Sweatt

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    6th Massachusetts Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 15, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Carrsville, Virginia, USA
When ordered to retreat, this soldier turned and rushed back to the front, in the face of heavy fire from the enemy, in an endeavor to rescue his wounded comrades, remaining by them until overpowered and taken prisoner.
Medal of Honor Recipient Joseph S. Sweatt
Medal of Honor Recipient Joseph S. Sweatt
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 22, 1892
  • Born: October 23, 1843, Boscawen, Merrimack County, NH, United States
  • Died: February 14, 1914, East Billerica, MA, United States
  • Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery (MH) (Oak Ave. 55-3), Medford, MA, United States

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