How He Lost an Arm and Won the Medal of Honor in the Civil War

He received it "for conspicuous gallantry at Petersburg, Va., June 1864 for rescuing a wounded comrade who lay exposed to the fire of the Confederate sharpshooters."

Medal of Honor. A 1 page 4to Autograph Manuscript Signed by John Brosnan (1846-?), an Irish-born sergeant in the 164th New York. “John Brosnan. Sergeant Co. E, 164th Regt. N.Y. Infantry. Enlisted on the 2nd day of Aug. 1862 as private and was discharged on the 7th day of Feb. 1865. Received a Medal of Honor from Congress for conspicuous gallantry at Petersburg, Va., June 1864 for rescuing a wounded comrade who lay exposed to the fire of the Confederate sharpshooters.The sharpshooters opened a regular volley at Brosnan but he succeeded in carrying the wounded comrade out of range of the sharpshooters after receiving a gun shot wound which caused the loss of his left arm.” A scarce account by a Medal of Honor winner of the exploit for which it was awarded.