Timothy J. Sheehan, soldier, United States officer.
Sheehan, Timothy J. was born on December 21, 1835 in County Cork, Ireland. Son of Jeremiah and Ann (McCarthy) Sheehan.
Parents died in 1838, and he was reared by his paternal grandfather. Educated in National Schools.
Came to United States, 1950. Attended school Glens Falls, New York. Worked there and, 1855, went to Dixon, Illinois, worked in saw mill summer and attended school winter.
Went to Albert Lea, Minnesota, 1857. Made a homestead; tp. clerk, Albert Lea, 1860-1861. Resigned and enlisted, October 11, 1861, private Company F, 4th Minnesota infantry.
Became First lieutenant Company C, 5th Minnesota, February 18, 1862. Was sent July, 1862, after hostile Indians, Inkupadutas band, and drove them from Yellow Medicine Agency. Recalled to Fort Ridgely.
Commanded in the heroic defense of that fort, August 19-27, 1862, until relieved by volunteer force. Promoted captain, August 31, 1862. Served in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri and Alabama, December, 1862, to September, 1865, commissioned Lieutenant-colonel and honorably discharged.
Wounded twice at Ridgely and twice at Nashville. Resumed farming in Minnesota. Sheriff Freeborn Company, 1871-1883.
Agent Chippewa Indians at White Earth Agency, Minnesota, 1885-1889. Deputy United States Marshal since May, 1890. Had charge of right flank in battle with Chippews Indians at Sugar Point, October, 1898 (wounded three times).