Mosheim Feaster

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Mosheim Feaster
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Nickname(s) Frank
Born (1867-05-27)May 27, 1867
Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died March 18, 1950(1950-03-18) (aged 82)
San Bruno, California
Place of burial Golden Gate National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service c. 1889–1914
Rank First Sergeant
Unit 7th U.S. Cavalry
Battles/wars
Awards Medal of Honor

First Sergeant Mosheim Feaster (May 27, 1867 – March 18, 1950) was an American soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 7th U.S. Cavalry during the Indian Wars. He was one of twenty men awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary gallantry at the Battle of Wounded Knee, but now called the Wounded Knee Massacre, on December 29, 1890. He later served in the Spanish–American War.

Biography[edit]

Mosheim Feaster was born in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania on May 27, 1867 to Conrad and Mary Feaster.[1] He enlisted in Company E, 7th Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army on October 23, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio.[2][3] Assigned to frontier duty in the Dakota Territory, Feaster took part in campaigns against the Sioux during the late-1880s. His unit was ordered to bring in the Sioux chief Big Foot, on the morning of December 29, 1890, they surrounded his camp on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Although intending to place Big Foot under arrest and disarm his followers, fighting broke out resulting in what was then called the Battle of Wounded Knee. Feaster was cited for "extraordinary gallantry" during the battle by advancing to an exposed position and holding it under heavy fire. He was one of twenty soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for his actions.[3] Feaster was discharged as a private on June 22, 1893 at Fort Riley, Kansas.[2]

Feaster re-enlisted on October 9, 1893 at Cleveland in Company E, 10th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army.[4] On July 1, 1898 Feaster, a sergeant, performed gallantly "gallantry in advancing beyond the general line in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.[5] On October 8, 1898, the was discharged as a sergeant at Bedloe's Island, New York upon termination of his service.[4]

On December 5, 1898, Feaster re-enlisted in Company E or Company H, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, again in Cleveland.[6] While a corporal during this enlistment, he was cited for his action in Cuba.[5] He was discharged as a first sergeant when his service expired on December 4, 1901.[6]

Feaster served at least four more tours of duty:

  1. Enlisting February 14, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois in Company M, 4th Infantry Regiment and being discharged on February 23, 1905 at Angel Island, California as a private.[7]
  2. Enlistling February 25, 1905 in San Francisco, California in Company M of an infantry Regiment and being discharged on February 24, 1908 at Chicago as a corporal[8]
  3. Enlisting March 5, 1908 in Chicago in the recruiting service for the infantry and being discharged on March 4, 1911 at Chicago as a sergeant.[9]
  4. Enlisting March 18, 1911 at the Presidio of Monterey, California in Company K, 8th Infantry Regiment and being discharged on March 14, 1914 at Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippine Islands as a sergeant.[10]

Feaster probably re-enlisted upon discharge in March 1914; in September 1914 First Sergeant Feaster, still assigned to Company K, was placed on the retired list.[11]

Feaster died on March 18, 1950 in San Mateo, California.[12] His grave marker shows his rank as first lieutenant.[13] His record in the Veterans Administration Nationwide Gravesite Locator reflects a rank of first sergeant.[14]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

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Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Wounded Knee Creek, S. Dak., December 29, 1890. Entered service at: Schellburg, Pa. Birth: Schellburg, Pa. Date of issue: June 23, 1891.

Citation:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Mosheim Feaster, United States Army, for extraordinary gallantry on December 29, 1890, while serving with Company E, 7th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota.[3]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCFB-KPN : accessed 19 June 2017), F Mosheim Feaster, San Francisco (Districts 251-409), San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 252, sheet 16A, line 28, family 264, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 203; FHL microfilm 2,339,938.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW6Y-4M3 : 10 August 2016), Mosheim Feaster in household of Conrad Feaster, Schellsburg, Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 230, sheet 264C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1098; FHL microfilm 1,255,098.
  2. ^ a b "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRQ6-CGC : 4 December 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 23 Oct 1889; citing p. 66, volume 85, Cleveland, , Ohio, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 44; FHL microfilm 1,319,377.
  3. ^ a b c Army Times Publishing Company. "Military Times Hall of Valor: Mosheim Feaster". Awards and Citations: Medal of Honor. MilitaryTimes.com. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-4W6V : 24 May 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 09 Oct 1893; citing p. 38, volume 090, Cleveland, , Ohio, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 47; FHL microfilm 1,319,380.
  5. ^ a b Orders and Circulars. Washington: Adjutant General's Office, 1900. p. General Order No. 15 dated February 15, 1900, p. 11. 
  6. ^ a b "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-CSWW : 24 May 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 05 Dec 1898; citing p. 80, volume 094, Cleveland, , Ohio, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 49; FHL microfilm 1,465,935.
  7. ^ "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-6R6Z : 24 May 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 14 Feb 1902; citing p. 68, volume 106, Chicago, , Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 55; FHL microfilm 1,465,941.
  8. ^ "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-JKL7 : 24 May 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 25 Feb 1905; citing p. 53, volume 114, San Francisco, , California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 59; FHL microfilm 1,465,945.
  9. ^ "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-LZHV : 24 May 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 05 Mar 1908; citing p. 43, volume 122, Chicago, , Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 63; FHL microfilm 1,465,949.
  10. ^ "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-L1GN : 24 May 2014), Mosheim Flaster, 18 Mar 1911; citing p. 106, volume 128, Presidio Monterey, , California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 66; FHL microfilm 1,465,952.
  11. ^ "Army Orders". Evening Star. September 4, 1914. p. 16. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPFD-13G : 26 November 2014), Mosheim Feaster, 18 Mar 1950; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  13. ^ "Mosheim Feaster". Find a Grave. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Feaster, Mosheim". Nationwide Gravesite Locator. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 19 June 2017.