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Moses Orr
Born 1847
Died May 10, 1897(1897-05-10) (aged 50)
Place of birth County Tyrone, Ireland
Place of death Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of burial Mount Moriah Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service c. 1872–1875
Rank Private
Unit 1st U.S. Cavalry
Battles/wars Indian Wars
Apache Wars
Awards Medal of Honor

Moses Orr (1847 – May 10, 1897) was an Irish-born soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 1st U.S. Cavalry during the Apache Wars. He was one of several men who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during Lieutenant Colonel George Crook's "winter campaign" against the Apache Indians in the Arizona Territory during 1872 and 1873.


Moses Orr was born in County Tyrone, Ireland in 1847. He later emigrated to the United States and enlisted in the U.S. Army in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Orr was assigned to Company A of the 1st U.S. Cavalry and took part in the Apache Wars during the 1870s. He served under Lieutenant Colonel George Crook's during his "winter campaign" against the Apache Indians in the Arizona Territory during 1872 and 1873. Orr was among the member of his regiment to receive the Medal of Honor for "gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with the Apaches" on April 12, 1875.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He returned to Philadelphia after leaving the military and died there on May 10, 1897, at the age of 50. Orr was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Winter of 1872-73. Entered service at:------. Birth: Ireland Date of issue: 12 April 1875.


Gallant conduct during cam paigns and engagements with Apaches.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Medal of Honor recipients, 1863-1978, 96th Cong., 1st sess. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1979. (pg. 1019)
  2. Manning, Robert, ed. Above and Beyond: A History of the Medal of Honor from the Civil War to Vietnam. Boston: Boston Publishing Company, 1985. ISBN 0-939526-19-0
  3. O'Neal, Bill. Fighting Men of the Indian Wars: A Biographical Encyclopedia of the Mountain Men, Soldiers, Cowboys, and Pioneers Who Took Up Arms During America's Westward Expansion. Stillwater, Oklahoma: Barbed Wire Press, 1991. (pg. 28) ISBN 0-935269-07-X
  4. Yenne, Bill. Indian Wars: The Campaign for the American West. Yardley, Pennsylvania: Westholme Publishing, 2006. (pg. 148) ISBN 1-59416-016-3
  5. Sterner, C. Douglas (1999). "MOH Citation for Moses Orr". MOH Recipients: Indian Campaigns. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  6. Army Times Publishing Company. "Military Times Hall of Valor: Moses Orr". Awards and Citations: Medal of Honor. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  7. "Medal of Honor recipients". Indian War Campaigns. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 

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