b. 1819 Ireland. d. 10/08/1867 Manistee, Michigan.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/05/1864 Red River, Louisiana.
Hyland was born in Ireland in 1819. He moved to America sometime between his birth and the start of the American Civil War. Hyland served as a Seaman and eventually Assistant Gunner in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Signal. It was aboard that ship he earned his Medal of Honor on May 5, 1864, during the Red River Campaign. He died in Manistee, Michigan on August 10, 1867, and was buried there at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Signal which was attacked by field batteries and sharpshooters and destroyed in Red River, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning their fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Although wounded, Hyland courageously went in full view of several hundred sharpshooters and let go the anchor, and again to slip the cable, when he was again wounded by the raking enemy fire.
BURIAL LOCATION: OAK GROVE CEMETERY, MANISTEE, MICHIGAN.
SECTION M, LOT 6.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.