James Coey

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James Coey
Born (1841-02-12)February 12, 1841
Oswego, New York
Died July 14, 1918(1918-07-14) (aged 77)
San Francisco, California
Buried San Francisco National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Major
Unit New York (state) 147th New York Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Hatcher's Run
Awards Medal of Honor

Lietenant Colonel James Coey (February 12, 1841 to July 14, 1918) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Coey received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Hatcher's Run in Virginia on 6 February 1865. He was honored with the award on 12 May 1892.[1][2][3]


Coey was born in Oswego, New York on 12 February 1841. He joined the 147th New York Infantry in September 1862, and mustered ou with the regiment in June 1865. [4] Coey died on 14 July 1918 and his remains are interred at the San Francisco National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Seized the regimental colors at a critical moment and by a prompt advance on the enemy caused the entire brigade to follow him; and, after being himself severely wounded, he caused himself to be lifted into the saddle and a second time rallied the line in an attempt to check the enemy.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "James Coey". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Army Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Regimental Roster