Age: 27, credited to Jericho, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 12/17/63, m/i 12/30/63, Pvt, Co. A, 1st VT CAV, wdd, 6/10/64, m/o 6/14/65 (Medal of Honor)
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Birth: 09/24/1845, Manchester, England
Burial: Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Los Angeles Cub Scouts
Findagrave Memorial #: 6239145
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Great Grandfather of Shaun F. Gerien, East Quogue, NY
Great Grandfather of James Gerien, Santa Rosa, CA
Great Grandfather of Michael Sweeney, Central Islip, NY
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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Private, Co. A, 1st Vermont Cavalry.
Place and date: Cedar Creek, VA, 19 Oct 1864.
Entered service at: Essex.
Born: 24 Sep 1845, England.
Died: 26 Jun 1931.
Buried: National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
Date of Issue: 26 Oct 1864.
Citation: With one companion captured the State flag of a North Carolina regiment, together with 3 officers and an ambulance with its mules and driver.
NARA File Number: R&P 516932.
Postwar photograph of James Sweeney,
probably in Denver CO, 2nd from right
Contributed by James' great-grandson, Jim Gerien.
June 4, 2001
Dear Mr. Ledoux,
I am happy to send you copies of pictures from this years flag placement ceremony at the National Cemetery in Los Angeles. The ceremony took place on Saturday May 26, 2001 with 4,000 Girl and boy Scouts participating.
There are over 80,000 graves in the National Cemetery in Los Angeles, and following the opening ceremony, it took less than 30 minutes for each grave to have a flag placed in front of it. After the placing of the flag, each Scout stepped back and saluted the headstone, recognizing each veteran.
Following the placement of the flags, we met at the grave of James Sweeney (See map enclosed). I had previously researched the Battle of Cedar Creek and found where Mr. Sweeney earned the Medal of Honor.
Our boys knew of General Custer and were enthralled to learn that Mr. Sweeney was part of his command.
Following the dismissal of our units, I happened past Mr. Sweeney's grave, some 20 minutes later, and noticed another group of Parents and Cubs gathered around. I had the honor once again of telling the tale of Mr. Sweeney to this group of inter-city youth.
Thank you for your assistance. I should note that we also sent pictures to Mr. Sweeney's Great Grandson, James Gerien, of Santa Rosa, Ca.
Very truly hours,
John R. Wilson
Pacific Palisades, CA
Medal of Honor Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
The Cub Scouts of Troop 188 together with the Girl Scouts and Brownies all from the area of Eagle Rock in the city of Los Angeles were honored to participate in a ceremony [on Memorial Day weekend, 2004] commemorating the life, heroism and service of Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. James Sweeney #1315. Cub Scout Alec Hutkoff, a Webelo of Den 2 Troop led the ceremony and read the Citation awarded to Pvt. Sweeney.
Text from Mr. Hal Hutkoff; photographs courtesy Mr. Hutkoff and Ms. Stacey Hogue. Thanks, and Well Done!