Sergeant, Company E, 21st Massachusetts Infantry, U.S. Army. Awarded for actions at Fredericksburg, VA.
December 11, 1862
Color bearer Thomas Plunkett, who lost both arms when a cannon blast hit him in the chest at the Battle of Fredericksburg, continued to carry the flag with what was left of his arms until another color bearer was able to relieve him. Born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1841, Plunkett enlisted with the 21st Massachusetts Infantry at West Boylston, MA. He died in 1885 and is buried in Worcester, MA.
Battery Plunkett, on Georges Island in Boston Harbor (MA), was named in his honor.
Citation: Seized the colors of his regiment, the color bearer having been shot down, and bore them to the front where both his arms were carried off by a shell.