First Lieutenant John James Toffey

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John James Toffey, 1LT

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Quaker Hill, NY, USA
Death: March 13, 1911 (66)
Place of Burial: Pawling, Dutchess, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George A. Toffey and Mary deReimer Cooke
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Sip
Father of John James Toffey

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About First Lieutenant John James Toffey

John James Toffey (June 1, 1844 – March 13, 1911) was a United States Union Army officer during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor.

Civil War

Serving first as a Private in Company C, 21st New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (a nine-month service regiment) from August 28, 1862 to June 19, 1863, he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in Company F, 33rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 23, 1863, and was mustered into the unit on August 29, 1863. He participated in the November 23, 1863 Battle of Missionary Ridge, at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and it was there that he performed the act of bravery that garnered him the Medal of Honor.

His wounds forced his discharge from the 33rd New Jersey on June 2, 1864, and he was appointed into the Veteran Reserve Corps. He served in the VRC as a lieutenant until June 1866. While still in service, he was an eyewitness to Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theater, participated in the search for the conspirators, testified at their trial and witnessed their subsequent execution.

He received his medal on September 10, 1897.

Post-War Career

After the war he went on to have a life of extensive public service in Hudson County, New Jersey. He served two terms as County sheriff, served as state treasurer of New Jersey from 1875 to 1891, as an alderman of Jersey City, New Jersey, and was elected as a member of the New Jersey State Legislature.

He died in Pawling, New York, the town of his birth, and was buried in the Pawling Cemetery, near the grave of Civil War Naval hero Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden, his uncle by marriage of Worden to his father's sister Olive. His grave was marked with a Medal of Honor headstone in 2004, 93 years after his death.

Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) John James Toffey, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 23 November 1863, while serving with Company G, 33d New Jersey Infantry, in action at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Although excused from duty on account of sickness, First Lieutenant Toffey went to the front in command of a storming party and with conspicuous gallantry participated in the assault of Missionary Ridge; was here wounded and permanently disabled.

General Orders: Date of Issue: September 10, 1897

Action Date: November 23, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company G

Division: 33d New Jersey Infantry

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First Lieutenant John James Toffey's Timeline

June 1, 1844
Quaker Hill, NY, USA
Age 29
March 13, 1911
Age 66
Pawling, Dutchess, NY, USA