James Quinlan

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James Joseph Quinlan
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James J. Quinlan, postwar
Born (1833-09-13)September 13, 1833
Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died August 29, 1906(1906-08-29) (aged 72)
Queens, New York
Place of burial Calvary Cemetery (Queens, New York)
Years of service 1861 - 1863
Rank Union Army LTC rank insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel
Unit New York (state) 88th New York Infantry
Awards Medal of Honor

James Joseph Quinlan (September 13, 1833 – August 29, 1906) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Savage's Station.

Quinlan was appointed as Major of the 88th New York Infantry in December 1861. He became the regiment's Lieutenant Colonel in October 1862, and was discharged in February 1863. [1]

Quinlan was buried at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

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Rank and Organization:

Rank and organization: Major, 88th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Savage Station, Va., June 29, 1862. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: September 13, 1833, Ireland. Date of issue: February 18, 1891.


Led his regiment on the enemy's battery, silenced the guns, held the position against overwhelming numbers, and covered the retreat of the 2d Army Corps.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regimental roster
  2. ^ "James Quinlan". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ ""Civil War Medal of Honor citations" (S-Z): Quinlan, James". AmericanCivilWar.com. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. ^ ""Medal of Honor website" (M-Z): Quinlan, James". United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2007-11-09.