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DOWNEY, WILLIAM

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Volunteered as a member of a boatcrew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston, and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Army Private Company B, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1864 Ireland

Citation

Volunteered as a member of a boatcrew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston, and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.