Medal of Honor - All Service
Cattaraugus County, NY

by Barb Hyde, November, 2016

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.

It was created during the Civil War as a way of recognizing exceptional valor in the line of duty. The Navy Medal of Honor was created first, in September, 1861. The Army Medal of Honor followed on July 12, 1862.

This page is a gallery of the Medal of Honor recipients from Cattaraugus County.

 

Herbert E. Farnsworth

Civil War

Rank and organization: Captain, Co D, I, B 10th Cav NYS Vols
Born: August 23, 1834 Perrysburg, Cattaraugus County NY
Died:  July 7, 1908, Clarkston WA

Entered service at: Gowanda NY, September 23, 1861
Date of issue: Not Stated
Place and date: At Trevilian Station VA, June 11, 1864 as Sgt. Major
Citation: Voluntarily carried a message which stopped the firing of a Union battery into his regiment, in which service he crossed a ridge in plain view and swept by the fire of both armies.

Buried: Pomeroy City Cemetery
Garfield County, WA



Photos: Don Morfe and Gregory Speciale


William Giles Hills

Civil War

Rank and organization: Private, 9th Cav NYS Vols
Born: June 26, 1834 Conewango, Cattaraugus County NY
Died: April 18, 1912, St. Louis MO

Entered service at: East Randolph NY, October 1, 1861
Date of Issue: Not Stated
Place and date: North Fork VA, September 26, 1864
Citation: Voluntarily carried a severely wounded comrade out of a heavy fire of the enemy.

Buried: Hillcrest Abbey Crematory and Mausoleum
St. Louis MO


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Photos: Connie Nisinger and Leon Edmund Basile 


Lovilo N. Holmes

Civil War

Rank and organization: Captain, Co H 2nd Inf MN Vols
Born: Farmersville Cattaraugus County NY. October 30, 1830
Died: Mankato MN. May 7, 1914

Entered service at: Mankato MN
Date of issue: Not Stated
Place and Date: At Nolensville TN, February 15, 1863
Citation: [As a 1/Sgt] Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.

Buried: Glenwood Cemetery
Mankato MN


Photos: Gregory Speciale


Joel H. Lyman

Civil War

Rank and organization: Qtrmaster Sgt, Co B 9th Cav NYS Vols
Born: Prob Randolph Cattaraugus County NY. May 11, 1845
Died: Prob Randolph NY. May 4, 1922

Entered service at: East Randolph, Cattaraugus County NY. October 1, 1861
Date of Issue:  Not Stated
Place and date: At Winchester VA, September 19, 1864.
[Note: Wounded at Winchester VA the next day, September 20, 1964.]
Citation: (As Qtrmaster Sgt] In an attempt to capture a Confederate flag he captured one of the enemy's officers and brought him within the lines.

Buried: Randolph Rural Cemetery
Randolph NY


Photos: JTF and Gregory Speciale


Albert Marsh

Civil War

Rank and organization: Sgt, Co B 64th Inf NYS Vols
Born: Cattaraugus County NY, February 15, 1831
Died: Cattaraugus County NY, February 17, 1895

Entered service at: Randolph NY, August 17, 1861
Date of issue: Not Stated
Place and Date:  At Spotsylvania VA, May 12, 1864. [Note: wounded three times during his service, including at Spotsylvania.
Citation: Capture of flag.

Buried: Randolph Rural Cemetery
Randolph NY



Photos: StoneStalker and Gregory Speciale


Charles W. McKay

Civil War

Rank and organization:  Sgt, 154th Inf NYS Vols
Born: Mansfield, Cattaraugus County NY, January 25, 1847
Died: Staples MN, August 25, 1912

Entered service at: Allegany, Cattaraugus County NY, July 26, 1862
Date of Issue: Not Stated
Place and date: At Dug Gap GA, May 8, 1864
Citation: Voluntarily risked his life in rescuing under the fire of the enemy a wounded comrade who was Iying between the lines.

Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery
Fergus Falls MN


Photos: Don Morfe and Gregory Speciale    

Miles Oviatt

Civil War

Rank and organization: Sgt, US Marine Corps
Born: Cattaraugus County NY, December 1, 1840
Died: November 1, 1880

Entered service at: Not Stated
Date of issue: Not Stated
Place and Date:  Mobile Bay AL, August 5, 1864 May 12, 1864. 
Citation: [While a Coporal] On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked the deck, Cpl. Oviatt fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee.

Buried: Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Olean NY


Photos: Don Morfe and Dennis Allen Deel


Myron M. Ranney

 

 


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