George W. Healey

George W. Healey

Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Death 9 May 1913 (aged 71)
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Burial Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 7658289 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted at age nineteen, September 1861. Healey was injured in action at Guys Gap, Tennessee, June 29, 1863, when struck in the head by a ball. He lost vision in his left eye. He reenlisted January 1864. He was serving as a private in the 5th Iowa Cavalry when, in late July 1864, General E. M. McCook led his force into Georgia to disrupt Confederate supply lines. On July 29, during a skirmish against Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry, Private Healey became separated from the line. The official citation for his Medal of Honor reads, “When nearly surrounded by the enemy, captured a Confederate soldier, and with the aid of a comrade who joined him later, captured four other Confederate soldiers, disarmed the five prisoners and brought them all into the Union lines.” A few days later, on July 31, 1864, Wheeler’s (CSA) cavalry routed the Union capturing nearly a third of McCook’s command. Healey was among those captured and sent to Andersonville Prison. He was promoted to corporal February 1865. He served as one of the detachments to guard President Jefferson Davis (CSA) after his capture in May 1865. Healey mustered out in August 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee. He returned to Iowa, married, and opened a successful hardware business.

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