SCANLAN, PATRICK - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Private, Company A, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry. Place and date: At Ashepoo River, S.C., 24 May 1864.

Entered service at:   Spencer, Mass.

Birth:   Ireland.

Date of issue:   21 January 1897.

Citation:   Volunteered as a member of a boat crew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston, and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed during the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.

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)