Thomas T. Fallon

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Thomas T. Fallon
Born(1837-08-17)August 17, 1837
County Galway, Ireland
DiedAugust 23, 1916(1916-08-23) (aged 79)
Freehold, New Jersey
Buried
Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold, New Jersey
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service1861 - 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit 37th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Battle of Williamsburg
Battle of Seven Pines
AwardsMedal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Thomas Timothy Fallon (August 17, 1837 – August 23, 1916) was an Irish-born American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Fallon received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Williamsburg in Virginia in May 1862 and the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia and Big Shanty, Georgia in June 1864. He was honored with the award on 13 February 1891. [1] [2]

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Biography

Fallon was born in County Galway, Ireland on 17 August 1837, and immigrated to the United States in 1859. In 1863, he married fellow Irish immigrant Catherine Garrity, settling in Freehold, New Jersey. Together they had two daughters. [3]

Fallon joined the 37th New York Infantry in May 1861, serving at the Battles of Williamsburg and Fair Oaks a year later. He was discharged in December 1862, and immediately enlisted in the 4th US Artillery Regiment. Having been discharged a second time in May 1863, he joined the 35th New Jersey Infantry as a sergeant. He was discharged a third and final time in July 1865. [4]

The 35th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Fallon died on 23 August 1916 and his remains are interred at the Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery in Freehold, New Jersey.

Medal of Honor citation

At Williamsburg, Virginia, assisted in driving rebel skirmishers to their main line. Participated in action, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, though excused from duty because of disability. In a charge with his company at Big Shanty, Ga., was the first man on the enemy's works. [1] [2]

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  2. 1 2 "Thomas Timothy Fallon" . Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  3. Nelson, William (1902). The New Jersey Coast in Three Centuries: History of the New Jersey ..., (Volume 3 ed.). New York: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 346.
  4. Irish in the American Civil War