March 17, 1844|
Clayton, New York
|Died||January 22, 1925(aged 80)|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1863 - 1865|
|Unit||Company D, 20th New York Cavalry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 20th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Murfrees Station, Va., October 16, 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Clayton, N.Y. Date of issue: Unknown.
Volunteered to swim Blackwater River to get a large flat used as a ferry on other side; succeeded in getting the boat safely across, making it possible for a detachment to cross the river and take possession of the enemy's breastworks.
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- ""JOSEPH LONSWAY" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
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