Thomas Cullen (Medal of Honor)

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Thomas Cullen
Born (1839-02-26)February 26, 1839
Died August 17, 1913(1913-08-17) (aged 74)
Buried Saint Marys Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Corporal
Unit New York (state) 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Battle of Bristoe Station
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal Thomas Cullen (February 26, 1839 – August 17, 1913) was an Irish soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Cullen received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at Bristoe Station in Virginia on 14 October 1863. He was honored with the award on 1 December 1864.[1][2][3]


Cullen was born in Ireland on 26 February 1839. He joined the 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in May 1861. He was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, and captured in the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road. [4] After his parole in July 1864, he was transferred to the 59th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and mustered out in June 1865. [5] Cullen died on 17 August 1913 and his remains are interred at the Saint Mary's Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Capture of flag of 22nd or 28th North Carolina (Confederate States of America).[1][2]

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