About First Lieutenant John Michael Tobin
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant & Adjutant John Michael Tobin, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 1 July 1862, while serving with Company I, 9th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at Malvern Hill, Virginia. First Lieutenant Tobin voluntarily took command of the 9th Massachusetts while adjutant, bravely fighting from 3 p.m. until dusk, rallying and re-forming the regiment under fire; twice picked up the regimental flag, the Color Bearer having been shot down, and placed it in worthy hands.
General Orders: Date of Issue: March 11, 1896
Action Date: July 1, 1862
Rank: First Lieutenant & Adjutant
Company: Company I
Division: 9th Massachusetts Infantry