LONSWAY, JOSEPH - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Private, Company D, 20th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Murfrees Station, Va., 16 October 1864.

Entered service at:   ?.

Birth:   Clayton, N.Y.

Date of issue:   Unknown.

Citation:   Volunteered to swim Blackwater River to get a large flat used as a ferry on 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.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)