May 23, 1867|
Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||March 18, 1950
San Bruno, California
|Place of burial||Golden Gate National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||c. 1889–1914|
|Unit||7th U.S. Cavalry|
First Lieutenant Mosheim Feaster (May 23, 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-four men awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary gallantry at the Battle of Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. He later was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in the Spanish–American War.
Mosheim Feaster was born in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1867. As a young man, he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio where he enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a member of Company E in the 7th U.S. Cavalry. 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 some call the Wounded Knee Massacre. 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-four soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
On July 1, 1898 Feaster was awarded the Silver Star while serving as a Corporal in Company H, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment for "gallantry in advancing beyond the general line in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.
After leaving the military at the rank of first lieutenant, Feaster moved to San Bruno, California where he died on March 18, 1950, at the age of 82. He was interred at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.
Medal of Honor citation
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.
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.
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