b. 09/10/1828 Mason County, West Virginia. d. 14/01/1892 Middleport, Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/04/1865 Petersburg, Virginia.
Joseph Van Matre was born on October 9, 1828 in Mason County, (West) Virginia. He was a member of the 116th Ohio Infantry during the American Civil War and was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 2, 1865 during the Third Battle of Petersburg. During the assault on Fort Gregg, Van Matre climbed upon the parapet and fired down into the fort as fast as the loaded guns could be passed to him. He died on January 14, 1892 and is buried in Middleport Hill Cemetery in Middleport, Ohio.
In the assault on Fort Gregg, this soldier climbed upon the parapet and fired down into the fort as fast as the loaded guns could be passed up to him by comrades.
BURIAL LOCATION: HILL CEMETERY, MIDDLEPORT, OHIO.
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