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John Michael Tobin
Born 1841 (1841)
Died 1898 (aged 56–57)
Place of birth County Waterford, Ireland
Place of burial Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1864
Rank Captain
Unit 9th Massachusetts Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Malvern Hill
Awards Medal of Honor

John Michael Tobin (1841–1898) was an officer in the Union Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Malvern Hill during the American Civil War.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

John Tobin was born in County Waterford, Ireland in 1841 and he entered military service from Boston Massachusetts.

Tobin served in the 9th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.[2] The regiment was mustered in on June 11, 1861 and mustered out on June 21, 1864.[2] Tobin was mustered out at the grade of captain, to which he had been promoted on August 28, 1862.[2] Tobin received the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 1, 1862 at the Battle of Malvern Hill during the Peninsula Campaign.

He is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Chestnut Path, Lot 1049.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant and Adjutant, 9th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Malvern Hill, Va., July 1, 1862. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: March 11, 1896. Citation:

Voluntarily took command of the 9th Massachusetts while adjutant, bravely fighting from 3 p.m. until dusk, rallying and re_forming the regiment under fire; twice picked up the regimental flag, the color bearer having been shot down, and placed it in worthy hands.[4]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. An earlier version of this page mistakenly included some information pertaining to Union Army Brigadier General William Wells (general).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States War Department. Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force of the United States Army for the Years 1861, '62, '63, '64, '65, Volume 1 - The New England States. Washington, D.C. The Adjutant General's Office, 1865. OCLC 686779. Retrieved December 29, 2011. p. 159
  3. "John Michael Tobin". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4915. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  4. "John Michael Tobin, Medal of Honor recipient". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 

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