Joseph Lonsway

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Joseph Lonsway
Born (1844-03-17)March 17, 1844
Clayton, New York
Died January 22, 1925(1925-01-22) (aged 80)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1863 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit Company D, 20th New York Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Joseph Lonsway (March 17, 1844 – January 22, 1925) was a Private in the Union Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the American Civil War.

Lonsway enlisted in the Army from Sackett's Harbor, New York in October 1863, and mustered out with his regiment in July 1865. [1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

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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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

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