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

Patrick Scanlan

  • Also Known As: Scanlon, Patrick
  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A,
    4th Massachusetts Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 24, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Ashepoo River, South Carolina, USA
Volunteered as a member of a boat crew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston, and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 21, 1897
  • Born: 1838, Ireland
  • Died: September 5, 1903, Farmington, CT, United States
  • Buried: St. Mary's Cemetery (MH), Farmington, CT, United States

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