b. 10/05/1844 Falcarragh, Ireland. d. 19/03/1930 Bristol, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 12/10/1863 Jefferson, Virginia.
Dougherty was born in Falcarragh, Ireland on 10 May 1844. He enlisted in the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 8 August 1862. On the 12 October 1863, he performed the act of gallantry that earned him the Medal of Honor award. Taken as a prisoner of war on that day, he remained in various Confederate prisons until 12 April 1865.
Following the war he married Rose Magee, a union which produced 12 children. He lived with his family in Philadelphia, working at the U.S. Mint. In 1908 he published his diary, which chronicled his experiences in Confederate prisons.
At the head of a detachment of his company dashed across an open field, exposed to a deadly fire from the enemy, and succeeded in dislodging them from an unoccupied house, which he and his comrades defended for several hours against repeated attacks, thus preventing the enemy from flanking the position of the Union forces.
BURIAL LOCATION: SAINT MARKS RC CEMETERY, BRISTOL, PENNSYLVANIA.
Plot: Behind the rectory
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