Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Unknown. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 5 January 1865. Citation: Date and place of act not of record in War Department.
Capture of flag of the 18th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.)
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July 28, 1864 at Malvern, Virginia.
Timothy O'Connor is not buried in Arlington National Cemetery. There is and “In Memory of” headstone for him. (MF10-3 T17). It is just feet off of Porter Drive at Roosevelt. I stumbled upon it by accident when I was taking photo's of the headstone's of two of the Pentagon victims.
I have tried to find out the history on him with little luck. He died on 10 January 1868 (DOB:1 January 1848). He entered the service in 1863 and was discharged in 1865. The citation for the Medal of Honor is of little help, as you know. The headstone was based on a request from someone, and approved by Arlington National Cemetery officials. It was installed on 9 March 2000.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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