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Terrence Begley
Born 1843 or 1844
Died August 25, 1864(1864-08-25)
Place of birth Ireland[1]
Place of death Virginia
Buried at Unknown
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1864
Rank Sergeant[2]
Unit New York Company D, 7th New York Heavy Artillery
Battles/wars Battle of Spotsylvania Court HouseX
Awards Medal of Honor

Sergeant Terrence Begley (died 25 August 1864) was an Irish soldier who fought in the American Civil War.[2][3][4] Begley was awarded the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Cold Harbor, Virginia on 3 June 1864.[5] He was honored posthumously with the award on 1 December 1864.[1][6]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Begley was born in Ireland and enlisted at age 20 in the Army from Albany, New York in February 1864.[7] Begley was killed in combat during the Second Battle of Ream's Station at Reams Station, Virginia on 25 August 1864, just two months after the actions that led to his Medal of Honor award.[1][6][8]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Shot a Confederate color bearer, 26th Virginia Infantry, rushed forward and seized his colors, and although exposed to heavy fire, regained the lines in safety.[1]

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