SHEPARD, IRWIN - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Corporal, Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry.
Place and date:   At Knoxville, Tenn. 20 November 1863.

Entered service at:   Chelsea, Mich.

Birth:   Skaneateles, N.Y.

Date of issue:   3 August 1897.

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.

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)