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SHEPARD, IRWIN

shepard irwin

Having voluntarily accompanied a small party to destroy buildings within the enemy's lines, whence sharpshooters had been firing, disregarded an order to retire, remained, and completed the firing of the buildings, thus insuring their total destruction; this at the imminent risk of his life from the fire of the advancing enemy.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Army Corporal (highest rank: First Sergeant) Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1863 Skaneateles, Onondaga County, New York

Citation

Having voluntarily accompanied a small party to destroy buildings within the enemy's lines, whence sharpshooters had been firing, disregarded an order to retire, remained, and completed the firing of the buildings, thus insuring their total destruction; this at the imminent risk of his life from the fire of the advancing enemy.