John Michael Tobin

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John Michael Tobin
Born 1841 (1841)
County Waterford, Ireland
Died 1898 (aged 56–57)
Place of burial Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1864
Rank Captain
Unit 9th Massachusetts Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Malvern Hill
Awards Medal of Honor

John Michael Tobin (1841–1898) was an officer in the Union Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Malvern Hill during the American Civil War.


John Tobin was born in County Waterford, Ireland in 1841. He was commissioned as an officer of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry from Boston Massachusetts in June 1861. He served as regimental adjutant from January to August 1862, and mustered out with his regiment as a Captain in June 1864. Tobin received the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 1, 1862 at the Battle of Malvern Hill during the Peninsula Campaign. [1]

Tobin is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Chestnut Path, Lot 1049.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant and Adjutant, 9th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Malvern Hill, Va., July 1, 1862. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: March 11, 1896.


Voluntarily took command of the 9th Massachusetts while adjutant, bravely fighting from 3 p.m. until dusk, rallying and re_forming the regiment under fire; twice picked up the regimental flag, the color bearer having been shot down, and placed it in worthy hands.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War
  2. ^ "John Michael Tobin". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  3. ^ "John Michael Tobin, Medal of Honor recipient". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2007.