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soldier , War Department clerk

Michael Emmet Urell, Irish soldier, War Department clerk. awarded Congressional medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry in this action. member G.A.R. (past department commander).


Urell, Michael Emmet was born on November 8, 1844 in Henagh, Tipperary Company, Ireland. Son of James T. and Mary Urell.


Came to the United States in childhood. Educated New York public schools, 1854-1861.


Enlisted 2d New York State militia (82d New York vols.), April 17, 1861, engaged in battles Bull Run, Ball’s Bluff, Fair Oaks, 7 days’ battles Peninsular Campaign (1862). Captured at battle Malvern Hill, July 2, 1862. At Antietam, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, The Wilderness, etc.

At Bristoe Station severly wounded and left on field for dead, awarded Congressional medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry in this action. Honorably discharged on account of wounds received in action. Promoted through grades to First lieutenant, and brevetted captain and major for gallant and meritorious services at Fair Oaks, Bristoe Station and the Wilderness.

In civic service of government since August, 1864. Major 1st battalion District of Columbia infantry United States.V., war with Spain. Took part in campaign in front of Santiago, and at surrender of Spanish army, July 17, 1898, and was commandant of guard of Spanish prisoners of war after surrender.

Now colonel 2d regiment National Guard District of Columbia, and commander-in-chief National Army and Navy Spanish War Vets. Member G.A.R. (past department commander). Medal of Honor Legion.

B.P.O. Elks (Past Ex. Ruler) and Home Club. Address: War Department, Washington.


Member G.A.R. (past department commander).


Married Brooklyn, Isabel Helen Walton (died May 7, 1892).

James T.

Mary Urell