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Joseph H. Shea
Born (1847-01-22)January 22, 1847
Died December 12, 1937(1937-12-12) (aged 90)
Place of birth Maryland, Baltimore
Place of death Columbia County, Arkansas
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Private
Unit New York Company K, 92d New York Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Chaffin's Farm
Awards Medal of Honor

Private Joseph Henry Shea (January 22, 1847 – December 12, 1937) was a soldier from New York who fought in the American Civil War. Shea received the United States' highest medal for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the battle of Battle of Chaffin's Farm. He was presented the medal in March 1866.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Shea was born January 22, 1847 in Maryland, Baltimore and enlisted into Company K, 92d New York Infantry from New York.[1]

While fighting in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm on 29 September 1864, Private Shea risked his own life rescuing wounded from the field under heavy fire. For his actions during this battle, he received the United States military's highest, and at that time only, medal for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor. The medal was presented to him in March 1866.[1][2]

Shea died in Columbia County, Arkansas December 12, 1937.[2][3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Gallantry in bringing wounded from the field under heavy fire.[1][2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Medal of Honor recipients". American Civil War (S-Z): Shea, Joseph H. entry. United States Army Center of Military History. 25 February 2016. http://www.history.army.mil/moh/civilwar_sz.html#SHEA. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Joseph H. Shea". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2111. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  3. "Joseph H. Shea". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13083433. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
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