b. 1843/1844 Ireland. d. 25/08/1864 Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 03/06/1864 Cold Harbor, Virginia.
Begley was born in Ireland and enlisted at age 20 in the Army from Albany, New York in February 1864. Begley was killed in combat during the Second Battle of Ream’s Station at Reams Station, Virginia on 25 August 1864, just two months after the actions that led to his Medal of Honor award. His medal was issued on December 1, 1864.
Shot a Confederate color bearer, 26th Virginia Infantry, rushed forward and seized his colors, and although exposed to heavy fire, regained the lines in safety.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
IN MEMORY OF CENOTAPH AT ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY, MENANDS, NEW YORK.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.