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 Joseph Gion

Joseph Gion

Birth
Germany
Death 16 Jan 1889 (aged 62–63)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section A, Lot 69
Memorial ID 19575 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipent. Served in the Civil War as a Private in Company A, 74th New York Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virgina on May 2, 1863. His citation reads "Voluntarily and under heavy fire advanced toward the enemy's lines and secured valuable information". Three other 74th New York soldiers had volunteered to perform the dangerous reconnaissance, which requested by Union General Hiram G. Berry, and was done in the night after Stonewall Jackson had crushed the Union Army of the Potomac’s Right Flank. Without the Rebels discovering them, the four soldiers heard the accidental shooting of General Jackson by his own men, and were able to return with that information, as well as information about the location of the Confederate troops. When they returned to Union lines they had heard the General Berry had been mortally wounded, and one of his last request were that the scouting party be rewarded. His Medal was issued on November 26, 1884. The three other 74th New York scouts were Private Felix Brannigan, Sergeant Major Eugene P. Jacobson and Sergeant Gotlieb Luty, all of which were awarded the CMOH for this act as well as well.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 18 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Gion (1826–16 Jan 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19575, citing Saint Martins Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .