About Sgt. Joseph Keele, Medal of Honor
Voluntarily and at the risk of his life carried orders to the brigade commander, which resulted in saving the works his regiment was defending.
Sergeant Major Joseph Keele was one of three men awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in action against Confederate forces at North Anna River, Virginia, on May 23, 1864. Sergeant Major Keele's regiment was defending a position that became tenuous under the onslaught of enemy fire and was in peril of falling. From his vantage point in the distance, the brigade commander noted the danger posed to the regiment, and devised a plan for saving the position. Sergeant Major Keele, at great risk to his own life, voluntarily obtained those orders and then traversed the battlefield under a withering fire to carry those orders to his regiment.