John M. Tobin
First Lieutenant/Adjutant, 9th Massachusetts Infantry, U.S. Army. Awarded for action at Melvern Hill, VA.
July 01, 1862
John Michael Tobin was born in County Waterford, Ireland, in 1841. He joined the Army in Boston, MA, in June 1861, and was commissioned an officer of the 9th Massachusetts. He died in 1898 and is buried at Cambridge, MA.
Citation: Voluntarily took command of the 9th Massachusetts while adjutant, bravely fighting from 3 p.m. until dusk, rallying and re-forming the regiment under fire; twice picked up the regimental flag, the color bearer having been shot down, and placed it in worthy hands.