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

Joseph van Matre

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G,
    116th Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 2, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA
In the assault on Fort Gregg, this soldier climbed upon the parapet and fired down into the fort as fast as the loaded guns could be passed up to him by comrades.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 12, 1865
  • Born: November 20, 1828, Mason County, WV, United States
  • Died: January 14, 1892
  • Buried: Hill Cemetery (MH) (1-208-3), Middleport, OH, United States

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