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Michael Dougherty

Date of birth: May 10, 1844
Date of death: February 19, 1930
Burial location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Ireland, Falcarragh
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Status: POW


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Michael Dougherty, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 12 October 1863, while serving with Company B, Volunteers 117th Regiment, 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry, in action at Jefferson, Virginia. At the head of a detachment of his company, Private Dougherty dashed across an open field, exposed to a deadly fire from the enemy, and succeeded in dislodging them from an unoccupied house, which he and his comrades defended for several hours against repeated attacks, thus preventing the enemy from flanking the position of the Union forces.

General Orders: Date of Issue: January 23, 1897

Action Date: October 12, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company B

Regiment: Volunteers 117th Regiment

Division: 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry