Capt. Myles Moylan, Medal of Honor

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Myles Moylan

Also Known As: "Charles Thomas"
Birthplace: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: December 11, 1909 (70)
San Diego, San Diego, California, United States ( stomach cancer)
Place of Burial: San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Moylan and Margaret Moylan
Husband of Charlotte Moylan

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About Capt. Myles Moylan, Medal of Honor

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain Myles Moylan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 September 1877, while serving with 7th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Bear Paw Mountain, Montana. Captain Moylan gallantly led his command in action against Nez Perce Indians until he was severely wounded.

General Orders: Date of Issue: November 27, 1894

Action Date: September 30, 1877

Service: Army

Rank: Captain


Captain, commanding Company A, 7th US Cavalry, during the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Survived the battle, going on to finish a military career. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on 27 November 1894, for his actions fighting the Nez Perce Indians at Snake Creek on 30 Sept 1877.

The son of Thomas and Margaret Riley Moylan, he worked as a shoemaker until his enlistment on 8 June 1857 as a private in 2nd Dragoons. Promoted to Corporal on 1 Oct 1858, Sergeant Oct 1860, and First Sergeant 17 May 1861. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, 5th US Cavalry, 28 March 1863.

Fought at Wilson's Creek (1861), Forts Henry and Donelson (1861), Shiloh (1862), Corinth (1862), and Gettysburg (1863). Dismissed from service on 25 Oct 1863, for being in Washington DC without permission, he enlisted under the assumed name of Charles Thomas in the 4th Mass. Cavalry on 2 Dec 1863. Appointed Sergeant on 26 Dec 1863, First Lieutenant then Captain on 1 Dec 1864. Bevetted Major on 9 April 1865. Mustered out in Nov 1865; he enlisted as Private, Jan 1866. Appointed Sgt Major, 7th US Cavalry, 1 Sept 1866, and promoted to First Lt Dec 1866, to Captain in March 1872.

He married Charlotte Calhoun on 22 Oct 1872 at Madison, Indiana; they had no children. Participated in 1868 Washita Campaign, 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, 1874 Black Hills Expedition, 1876 Sioux Campaign, 1877 Nez Perce campaign, and 1890 Wounded Knee Battle. Promoted to Major, April 1892, and retired on 15 April 1893. Died at his home in San Diego, cause stomach cancer. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)

Division: 7th U.S. Cavalry

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Capt. Myles Moylan, Medal of Honor's Timeline

December 17, 1838
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
December 11, 1909
Age 70
San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States