McVeane received his country"s highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor. He was posthumously honored with the award on September 21, 1870. McVeane was born in Toronto, Canada.
He joined the 49th New York Infantry Regiment from Buffalo, New York in August 1861.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in October 1863, and was mortally wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness.