Medal of Honor


Timothy Donoghoe

Private, Company B, 69th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Fredericksburg, Va., 13 December 1862. Entered service at:------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 17 January 1894. Citation: Voluntarily carried a wounded officer off the field from between the lines; while doing this he was himself wounded.


Peter Rafferty

Private, Company B, 69th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Malvern Hill, Va., 1 July 1862. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 2 August 1897. Citation: Having been wounded and directed to the rear, declined to go, but continued in action, receiving several additional wounds, which resulted in his capture by the enemy and his total disability for military service.


Joseph Keele

Sergeant Major, 182d New York Infantry (69th NYNG). Place and date: At North Anna River, Va., 23 May 1864. Entered service at: Staten Island, N.Y. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 25 October 1867. Citation: Voluntarily and at the risk of his life carried orders to the brigade commander, which resulted in saving the works his regiment was defending.

Serving with great valor and distinction during the American Civil War, three Irish soldiers from the Sixty-Ninth  New York were awarded this Nation's highest recognition for courage and bravery under fire; the Congressional Medal of Honor.

69th soldiers of future generations continued this tradition, and today the Fighting 69th has no less than seven Congressional Medal of Honor recipients on its rolls. 




(Correct spelling of name as found on official archival documents.)

Biographical Sketch


Born in Tipperary, Ireland in 1825, Timothy Donoghoe served with the British Army in India in the 1850’s.  He was decorated for service (actual honor unknown, but there was a medal in possession of one member of the family that cannot be found today).  Most likely this was a campaign medal of some sort.  He and his first wife Angelina had one son, Patrick, but Angelina died in India on May 8, 1859.  Following his service in India, Timothy and his son went to England.  There he met his second wife, and according to his marriage certificate was a police officer and widower (age 37) at the time of his marriage to Esther Mary Bason (age 23) on February 26, 1862 in Liverpool, England.

The couple came to America with young Patrick, and Timothy joined Company B of the 69th

Regiment New York City Volunteers on September 15, 1862. During the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, Timothy was wounded (shot in right thigh) while voluntarily rescuing an officer while in the line of fire.  According to the Report of the Adjutant General, he was promoted to sergeant in January 1863 and transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps.  He was left disabled and applied for an invalid pension in January 1864.  He received the Medal of Honor (date to be confirmed) for his actions at Fredericksburg. He died on March 19, 1908, and is buried in Cemetery of the Holy Cross in Brooklyn, NY.


According to official papers, Timothy was 5’9” tall, with a light complexion, grey eyes, and fair hair.  There is no known photo available.  Timothy’s children are listed as follows:


Name            Date of Birth


Patrick F.     January 22, 1856

Annie           November 17, 1862

Elizabeth      May 24, 1867

Ellen          September 20, 1869 (my great-grandmother)

John J.        May 5, 1872

Emma           July 30, 1874

Alice          January 8, 1877


Graciously submitted by:  

Carol F. Dooley

Great Great Granddaughter

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