Albert O'Connor

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Albert O'Connor
Albert O'Connor headstone.jpg
Albert O'Connor headstone at the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting, WA
Born (1843-07-15)July 15, 1843
East Hereford, Quebec, Canada
Died April 3, 1928(1928-04-03) (aged 84)
Orting, Washington
Place of burial Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery, Orting, Washington
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Sergeant
Brevet Captain
Unit 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Albert O'Connor (July 15, 1843 – April 3, 1928) served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor.

O'Connor was born on July 15, 1843 in East Hereford, Quebec. His official residence was listed as Lodi, Wisconsin.[1] He joined the US Army from West Point, Wisconsin in June 1861, and mustered out in July 1865. He died in Orting, Washington, and was buried in Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

His award citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism on March 31 & 1 April 1865, while serving with Company A, 7th Wisconsin Infantry, in action at Gravelly Run, Virginia. On 31 March 1865, with a comrade, Sergeant O'Connor recaptured a Union officer from a detachment of nine Confederates, capturing three 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albert O'Connor". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Short Bio