John H. Moffitt

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John H. Moffitt

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Congressman, Medal of Honor recipient
Born(1843-01-08)January 8, 1843
Chazy, New York
Died August 14, 1926(1926-08-14) (aged 83)
Plattsburgh, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1863
Rank Sergeant
Unit 16th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Battle of Gaines' Mill
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work United States Representative from New York

John Henry Moffitt (January 8, 1843 – August 14, 1926) was a United States Representative from New York and the recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Civil War.

New York (state) State of the United States of America

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Biography

John Henry Moffitt was born near Chazy, Clinton County, New York and attended the district school and Plattsburgh Academy.

Chazy, New York Town in New York, United States

Chazy is a town in northeastern Clinton County, New York, in the United States. The population was 4,284 at the 2010 census. The closest city is Plattsburgh, 14 miles (23 km) to the south. Chazy is 8 miles (13 km) south of the Canada–United States border. The ZIP code is 12921 and it is in area code 518.

Clinton County, New York County in the United States

Clinton County is a county in the state of New York, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 82,128. Its county seat is the city of Plattsburgh. The county is named after George Clinton, the first Governor of New York, who went on to become Vice President, having been a Founding Father who represented New York in the Continental Congress. The county lies to the south of the border with the Canadian province of Quebec.

During the American Civil War enlisted as a Private in Company C, 16th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment on April 27, 1861. He served until he was mustered out with the regiment on May 18, 1863. Moffitt attained the rank of Sergeant, and received the Medal of Honor for heroism at the Battle of Gaines's Mill.

American Civil War Civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865

The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865, between the North and the South. The Civil War is the most studied and written about episode in U.S. history. Primarily as a result of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people, war broke out in April 1861 when secessionist forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina shortly after Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The loyalists of the Union in the North proclaimed support for the Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States in the South, who advocated for states' rights to uphold slavery.

Company (military unit) military unit size

A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 80–150 soldiers and usually commanded by a major or a captain. Most companies are formed of three to six platoons, although the exact number may vary by country, unit type, and structure.

The 16th New York Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

After the war he attended the Fort Edward Collegiate Institute and graduated in 1864.

Fort Edward (town), New York Town in New York, United States

Fort Edward is a town in Washington County, New York, United States. The population was 10,205 at the 2011 census. It contains the county seat of Washington County, located at a municipal center complex on U.S. Route 4 between the villages of Hudson Falls and Fort Edward. When construction of the complex was completed in 1994, most of the administrative offices were moved from the original county seat of Hudson Falls to this location. The town of Fort Edward is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1866 he worked as the deputy collector of customs at Rouses Point, New York until 1872. After that he engaged in the manufacture of charcoal bloom iron in the Saranac hamlet of Moffitsville and in Belmont, Franklin (now Allegany) County, from 1872–1891;

Rouses Point, New York Village in New York, United States

Rouses Point is a village in Clinton County, New York, United States, along the 45th parallel. The population was 2,209 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Jacques Roux, a French Canadian soldier who fought alongside the Americans during their war for independence. The village is on the western shore of Lake Champlain at the source of the Richelieu River. Also located in the northeastern corner of the town of Champlain, it is north of the city of Plattsburgh and less than one mile south of the Canada–United States border.

Bloomery early form of iron smelter

A bloomery is a type of furnace once used widely for smelting iron from its oxides. The bloomery was the earliest form of smelter capable of smelting iron. A bloomery's product is a porous mass of iron and slag called a bloom. This mix of slag and iron in the bloom is termed sponge iron, which is usually consolidated and further forged into wrought iron. The bloomery has now largely been superseded by the blast furnace, which produces pig iron.

Saranac, New York Town in New York, United States

Saranac is a town in Clinton County, New York, United States. The town is on the western border of the county, west of Plattsburgh, and is within the Adirondack Park. The population was 4,007 at the 2010 census. The town is named for the Saranac River that flows through the town.

In 1877 he was elected Saranac's Town Supervisor, which also made him a member of the Clinton County Board of Supervisors.

John Moffitt was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1891) but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1890.

After leaving Congress he was a manager of the Syracuse Street Railway Company from 1891–1899 and superintendent of the city water department from 1900 to 1902. He then moved to Plattsburgh to become Cashier of the Plattsburgh National Bank, of which he became President in 1904.

Moffitt remained active in Republican politics as Chairman of the Clinton County Republican Committee and a member of the New York Republican State Committee. He was also a delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention.

John Moffitt died in Plattsburgh, and is buried in Plattsburgh's Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation

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Rank and Organization:

Corporal, Company C, 16th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Gaines Mill, Va., June 27, 1862. Entered service at: Plattsburg, N.Y. Born. January 8, 1843, Chazy, Clinton County, N.Y. Date of issue: March 3, 1891.

Citation:

Voluntarily took up the regimental colors after several color bearers had been shot down and carried them until himself wounded. [1] [2]

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Notes

  1. "MOFFITT, JOHN H., Civil War Medal of Honor recipient". American Civil War website. November 8, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. "John H. Moffitt, Medal of Honor recipient". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2007.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick A. Johnson
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

1887–1891
Succeeded by
John M. Wever