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 Henry D. O'Brien

Henry D. O'Brien

Birth
Calais, Washington County, Maine, USA
Death 1 Nov 1902 (aged 60)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 292, Lot 4482
Memorial ID 19269 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the Union army in Minnesota and by the time of the battle of Gettysburg, O'Brien was a corporal in Company E, 1st Minnesota Infantry. O'Brien was among the remnant of the 1st Minnesota which found itself defending against "Pickett's Charge." As the Confederated neared the Union lines, O'Brien's regiment, attacked the Confederate flank. The 1st Minnesota's color bearer was shot down, the Flagstaff broken in two by the gunfire. O'Brien picked up the flag by its remaining staff and with characteristic bravery and impetuosity led his regiment into hand-to-hand combat with the 28th Virginia Infantry. O'Brien, now severely wounded, yielded the colors to another member of the 1st Minnesota. For his bravery, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 9, 1890. He was promoted to lieutenant after Gettysburg and was wounded in the chest at Petersburg. His wound forced his withdrawal form active service. After the war, he became a government pension agent in St. Louis.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger



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  • Added: 2 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19269
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry D. O'Brien (21 Jan 1842–1 Nov 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19269, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .