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Canadians Biographies

Medal of Honor Recipients

Canadian Medal of Honour Recipiants Biogrphies

1. BOIS, FRANK Quartermaster, U.S. Navy U.S.S. Cincinnati

2. BROWN, JOHN HARTIES, Capt., Coy D, 12th Kent. Inf.

3. BUCKLEY, DENIS, Pvt., Coy G, 136th New York Infantry

4. CAYER, OVILA, Sgt., Coy A 14th U.S. Volunteers

5. CHAPMAN, JOHN, 1st Maine Heavy Artillery

6. CHAPUT, LOUIS G. Landsman, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Lackawanna

7. DODD, ROBERT F., Pvt., Coy E, 27th Mich. Inf.

8. DODDS, EDWARD E., Sgt, Coy C, 21st New York Cav.

9. FITZPATRICK, THOMAS, Coxswain, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Hartford

10. GILMORE, JOHN C. Maj., 16th New York Inf.

11. HAGERTY, ASEL Private, Coy A, 61st New York Inf.

12. HIGGINS, THOMAS J., Sgt., Coy D, 99th Illinois Inf.

13. HOUGHTON, GEORGE L., Pvt, Coy D, 104th Illinois Inf.

14. McINTOSH, JAMES Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy U.S.S. Richmond

15. McMahon, Martin T. Captain, and aide_de_camp U.S. Volunteers

16. McVEANE, JOHN P. Corporal, Company D 49th New York Infantry

17. Murphy, James T. Private, Company L 1st Connecticut Artillery

18. O'Connor, Albert Sergeant, Company A 7th Wisconsin Infantry

19. Pickle, Alonzo H. Sergeant, Company B 1st Battalion Minnesota nfantry

20. Powers, Wesley J. Corporal, Company F, 147th Illinois Infantry

21. Rich, Carlos H. First Sergeant, Company K 4th Vermont Infantry

22. Scott, Alexander Corporal, Company D 10th Vermont Infantry

23. Shivers, John Private, U.S. Marine Corps

24. Young, Benjamine F. Corporal, Company I 1st Michigan Sharpshooters

Go See Medal of Honor Page for the Complete Listing of all recipients.

BOIS, FRANK

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

Frank Bois was born in Canada in 1841. He enlisted in Northampton Mass. in the U.S. Navy.

He served as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863.

Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the Cincinnati, amidst an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the last, though so penetrated by enemy shellfire that her fate was sealed. Conspicuously cool in making signals throughout the battle, Bois, after all the Cincinnati's staffs had been shot away, succeeded in nailing the flag to the stump of the forestaff to enable this proud ship to go down, "with her colors nailed to the mast."

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of honour on the 24th of November 1916 for these actions. (G.O. No.: 17)

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BROWN, JOHN HARTIES

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

JOHN HARTIES BROWN was born in Canada in 1834. He enlisted at Charlestown, Mass. in the 12th Kentucky Infantry.

As Captain of Company D he captured an enemy flag.

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of honour on the 13th of February 1865 for this actions.

He died at Franklin, Tenn. on the 30th of November 1864.

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BUCKLEY, DENIS

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

Denis Buckley was born in Canada. He enlisted in Avon N.Y. as a Private in Company G of the 136th N.Y. Infantry.

He captured the flag of the 31st Mississippi (C.S.A.)

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of honour on the 7th of April 1865 for this actions.

He died at Peach Tree Creek, Ga. on the 20th of July 1864.

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CAYER, OVILA

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

Ovila Cayer was born in Canada. He enlisted in the 14th U.S. Volunteers.

As a Sergeant in Company A he commanded the Regiment due to all the officers being disabled.

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of honour on the 15th of February 1867 for this actions.

He died at Weldon Railroad, Va. on the 19th of August 1864.

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CHAPMAN,JOHN

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

John Chapman was born in St-Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted in the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery.

As a member of that Regiment he captured a Stand of Colors.

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of honour for this act.

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CHAPUT, LOUIS G.

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Louis G. Chaput was born in Canada in 1845. He enlisted as a Landsman in the U.S. Navy.

While serving on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Severely wounded, Chaput remained at his gun until relieved, reported to the surgeon and returned to his gun until the action was over. He was then carried below following the action which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for this action on the 31st of December 1864. (New York. G.O. No.: 45)

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DODD, ROBERT F.

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Robert F. Dodd was born in Canada in 1844. He enlisted as a Private at Hantramck, Mich. in Company E, 27th Michigan Infantry.

While acting as orderly, voluntarily assisted to carry off the wounded from the ground in front of the crater while exposed to a heavy fire.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 27th of July 1896.

He died at Petersburg, Va. on the 30th of July 1864.

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DODDS, EDWARD E.

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

Edward E. Dodds was born in {Port Hope, Ontario,} Canada. He enlisted in Company C of the 21st N.Y. Cavalry in Rochester N.Y.

Serving as a Sergeant he rescued his wounded captain and carried him from the field to a place of safety. He did this at great personal risk.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 11th of June 1896.

He died at Ashbys Gap, Va. on the 19th of July 1864. (I believe this to be innacurate. Would not be the only time a soldier was pronounced dead to appear in camp. Pvt Church)

{Dodd and his son(s) were the licence brokers at Port Hope - dog licences, marriage licences, you name it. They also put out the Directory of Northumberland and Durham in 1880.}

{He as a grave and Memorial at Canton, Ontario.} (Photo of grave to come. Pvt Church)

The information between { } above was sent to me by Roger Leetooze. Please contact him at lmjassoc@mail.durham.net if you have more information for him.

I added some notes also (which appear like this).

I was also sent an e-mail which stated that "Dodds, 21st New York cavalry died around 1901 in Canada and is buried in a small church yard in Canton, Ontario."

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FITZPATRICK, THOMAS

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Thomas Fitzpatrick was born in Canada sometimes in 1837. He enlisted as a Coxswain in the U.S. Navy.

As captain of the No. 1 gun on board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during action against rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee and Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Although struck several times in the face by splinters, and with his gun disabled when a shell burst between the 2 forward 9-inch guns, killing and wounding 15 men.

Fitzpatrick, within a few minutes, had the gun in working order again with new track, breeching and side tackle, had sent the wounded below, cleared the area of other casualties, and was fighting his gun as before. He served as an inspiration to the members of his crew and contributed to the success of the action in which the Tennessee was captured.

For these actions he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour. (G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864)

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GILMORE, JOHN C.

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

John C. Gilmore was born in Canada. He enlisted at Potsdam New York in the 16th New York Infantry.

As the Major of the Regiment. At Salem Heights, Va., 3 May 1863. He seized the colors of his regiment and gallantly rallied his men under a very severe fire.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 10th of October 1892.

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HAGERTY, ASEL

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

Asel Hagerty was born in Canada. He enlisted as a Private in Company A of the 61st New York Infantry.

At Sailors Creek, Virginia on the 6 April 1865 he captured an Confederate flag.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 10th of May 1865.

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HIGGINS, THOMAS J.

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Thomas J. Higgins was born in Canada. He enlisted at Barry, Pike County Ill. in Company D of the 99th Illinois Infantry.

As a Sergeant At Vicksburg, Miss. on the 22nd of May 1863. When his regiment fell back in the assault, repulsed, He continued to advance and planted the flag on the parapet, where he was captured by the enemy.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 1st of April 1898.

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HOUGHTON, GEORGE L.

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George L. Houghton was born in Canada. Entered service at: Brookfield, Cook County, Ill. as a Private in Company D of the 104th Illinois Infantry.

At Elk River, Tenn. on the 2nd of July 1863. He Voluntarily joined a small party that, under a heavy fire, captured a stockade and saved the bridge.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 27th of March 1900.

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MclNTOSH, JAMES

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James McIntosh was born in Canada in 1833. He enlisted as Captain Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy.

He was on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Mclntosh performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour. (New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864)

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McMAHON, MARTIN T.

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Martin T. McMahon was born on the 21st of March 1838 in Canada. He enlisted at California in the U.S. Volunteers.

He was at White Oak Swamp, Va. on the 30th of June i862 as Captain, and aide_de_camp to the regiment. Under fire of the enemy he successfully destroyed a valuable train that had been abandoned and prevented it from falling into the hands of the enemy.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 10th of March 1891.

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*McVEANE, JOHN P.

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

John P. McVeane was a Law Student from Canada. He enlisted at Buffalo, N.Y. in Company D of the 49th New York Infantry.

As a Corporal he shot a Confederate color bearer and seized the flag; also approached, alone, a barn between the lines and demanded and received the surrender of a number of the enemy therein.

He was awarded the CMH for these action on the 21st of September 1870.

He died at Fredericksburg Heights, Va. on the 4th of May 1863.

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MURPHY, JAMES T.

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James T. Murphy was born in Canada. He enlisted at New Haven, Conn. as a Private in Company L of the 1st Connecticut Artillery.

At Petersburg, Va. on the 25th of March 1865. A piece of artillery having been silenced by the enemy, He voluntarily assisted in working the piece, conducting himself throughout the engagement in a gallant and fearless manner.

For this action he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 29th of October 1886.

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O'CONNOR, ALBERT

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Albert O'Connor was born in Canada. He enlisted at West Point Township, Columbia County, Wis. in Company A of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry.

He was a Sergeant in his regiment at Gravelly Run, Va. on the 31th of March and 1 April 1865. On the 31st of March 1865, with a comrade they recaptured a Union officer from a detachment of 9 Confederates, capturing 3 of the detachment and dispersing the remainder, and on 1 April 1865 he seized a stand of Confederate colors, killing a Confederate officer in a hand_to_hand contest over the colors and retaining the colors until surrounded by Confederates and compelled to relinquish them.

For these actions he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour.

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PICKLE, ALONZO H.

This is what I have heard and found so far folks. Please keep in mind that information on them is very hard to find or authenticate.

Alonzo H. Pickle was born in Canada. He entered service at: Dover, Minn. in Company B of the 1st Battalion Minnesota Infantry.

He was a Sergeant in his regiment at Deep Bottom, Va. on the 14th of August 1864. At the risk of his life he Voluntarily went to the assistance of a wounded officer lying close to the enemy's lines and, under fire carried him to a place of safety.

For these actions he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour on the 12th of June 1895.

These Biographies were gathered together from different sources and I had to them when I get new information. I would also be very interested in any other Biographies, names or any other information on Canadians in the Civil War or the 2nd Mich. Vol. Inf. I can be contacted at mich2inf@lycosmail.com

If you know of any other British North Americans (Canadians) please advise me.


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