Andrew J. Lorish

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Andrew J. Lorish
Born (1832-11-08)November 8, 1832
Dansville, New York
Died August 11, 1897(1897-08-11) (aged 64)
Place of burial Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit 1st Regiment New York Dragoons
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Andrew J. Lorish (November 8, 1832–August 11, 1897) was a Commissary Sergeant in the Union Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the American Civil War.

Lorish joined the 1st New York Dragoons from Attica, New York in August 1862. He was promoted to regimental sergeant major the next month, but demoted to private before the end of the year. In October 1863 he became the regimental commissary sergeant. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1865, and mustered out with his regiment in June.[1]

Lorish is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, New York. His grave can be found in Section 6.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Commissary Sergeant, 19th New York Cavalry (1st New York Dragoons). Place and date: At Winchester, Va., September 19, 1864. Entered service at:------. Born: November 8, 1832, Dansville, Steuben County, N.Y. Date of issue: September 27, 1864


Amid the enemy he grabbed the flag from a color bearer who then called for help. When the bearer's comrades were readying their rifles he dashed directly at them securing their disarming. As he rode away, the Confederates picked up their guns firing at the captor of their flag.[3]

Sgt. Lorish was one of two members of the 1st New York Dragoons to receive the Medal of Honor in this action. The other was Corporal Chester B. Bowen. The flag that was captured by Bowen and Lorish was a CSA second national flag belonging to an unidentified unit in Col George S. Patton's Virginia Infantry Brigade. The flag is now in the possession of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia.[4]

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  1. ^ Regimental roster
  2. ^ "Andrew J. Lorish". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  3. ^ ""ANDREW J. LORISH" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  4. ^


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