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LONSWAY, JOSEPH

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Volunteered to swim Blackwater River to get a large flat used as a ferry on the other side; succeeded in getting the boat safely across, making it possible for a detachment to cross the river and take possession of the enemy's breastworks.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Army Private Company D, 20th New York Cavalry

Conflict

Year of honor

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Civil War 1864 Clayton, Jefferson County, New York

Citation

Volunteered to swim Blackwater River to get a large flat used as a ferry on the other side; succeeded in getting the boat safely across, making it possible for a detachment to cross the river and take possession of the enemy's breastworks.