b. 1839 Ireland. d. 1902 Madison, Illinois.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/07/1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Horan was born in 1839, the first of seven children to Michael and Mary Horan of Ireland. When Horan was around 8–10 years old, the family moved to America, likely to escape the Great Famine. They settled in Dunkirk, New York where Thomas worked as a laborer alongside his father.
Horan enlisted in the Union army on May 14, 1861, as a private. By November he was promoted to corporal, and again to sergeant in September 1862. In 1863, he was at the Battle of Gettysburg where he captured the flag of the 8th Florida Infantry. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 5, 1898.
Horan also fought in the Battle of the Wilderness where he was wounded on May 7, 1864.
In a charge of his regiment this soldier captured the regimental flag of the 8th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).
BURIAL LOCATION: SAINT MARY’S CEMETERY, DUNKIRK, NEW YORK.
NEAR OFFICE (THOUGH CEMETERY HAS NO RECORD OF HIS BURIAL).
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.