COUGHLIN, JOHN - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Lieutenant Colonel, 10th New Hampshire Infantry.
Place and date:   At Swifts Creek, Va., 9 May 1864.

Entered service at:   Manchester, N.H.

Birth:   Vermont. Date ·S issue: 31 August 1893.

Citation:   During a sudden night attack upon Burnham's Brigade, resulting in much confusion, this officer, without waiting for orders, led his regiment forward and interposed a line of battle between the advancing enemy and Hunt's Battery, repulsing the attack and saving the guns.

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)