b. 03/04/1839 England. d. 01/12/1921 New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/12/1862 Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Keene was born in England. He joined the 26th New York Infantry from Utica, New York in May 1861, and mustered out with this regiment after two years. He re-enlisted with the 3rd New York Heavy Artillery in June 1863, and mustered out with this regiment in July 1865.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Joseph Keene, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 13 December 1862, while serving with Company B, 26th New York Infantry, in action at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Private Keene voluntarily seized the colors after several Color Bearers had been shot down and led the regiment in the charge.
BURIAL LOCATION: GRANDVIEW CEMETERY, WHITESBORO, NEW YORK.
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