The President of the United
States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Joseph Keele, United States Army, for
extraordinary heroism on 23 May 1864, while serving with 182d New York Infantry,
in action at North Anna River, Virginia. Voluntarily and at the risk of his life
Sergeant Major Keele carried orders to the brigade commander, which resulted in
saving the works his regiment was defending.
General Orders: Date of Issue: October 25, 1867
Action Date: May 23, 1864
Rank: Sergeant Major
Division: 182d New York Infantry
Taken in the Bayview Cemetery, Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. and was submitted by Fred Otto.