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19457 Muster Roll Nov. 30th, 1863 First Regiment
Missouri Artillery Signed by Medal of Honor Recipient Lt.
Joseph L. Follet. Lt. Follet took part in all of the battles
and campaigns under Generals Sheridan, Pope, King, and
Steedman, who repeatedly selected him to carry orders
under the most trying circumstances. Fold faults. $125
Joseph Leonard Follett
Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 9/18/1861 at St Louis, MO as a Sergeant.
On 9/18/1861 he mustered into "Batty G" Co. MO 1st Light Artillery
(date and method of discharge not given)
(Estimated date of enlistment)
* 2nd Lieut
born 2/16/1843 in Newark, Essex County, NJ
died 4/1/1907 in New York, NY
Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY
Medal of Honor Information:
He was awarded the Medal of Honor
for action on 10/8/1862 at Perryville, KY.
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Deeds of Valor. How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of Honor
- Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994
- Union Blue: History of MOLLUS
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A HIGHLY HONORED SOLDIER
LIEUTENANT JOSEPH L. FOLLET enlisted as a private in Co. G,
First Missouri Infantry in 1861. From September of that year
he served continuously throughout the war, never absent from
his command a single day and, though twice wounded, always in
active service. He saw, perhaps, as much real hard fighting,
and actual duty, as any other man. He has the distinction of
being the youngest officer in command of a battery.
"I was nineteen years old," Lieutenant Follet writes, "when
at the battle of Perryville, Ky., I had charge of a battery as
first sergeant. Again at the age of twenty-one, as a second
lieutenant, I drew and equipped a six-gun battery and reported
to General King on Lookout Mountain. I commanded Fort
Sheridan, one of the defenses at the right of Chattanooga,
which I afterward turned over to my successor. Later I was
appointed adjutant of the Artillery District of the Etowah,-
General J. B. Steedman commanding, - comprising the defenses of
Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, and Bridgeport."
Lieutenant Follet took part in all the battles and
campaigns under Generals Sheridan, Pope, King, and Steedman,
who repeatedly selected him to carry orders under the most
trying circumstances. He himself says in regard to these
"It really looked sometimes as though I would never return.
On more than one occasion I had a miraculous escape from
That Lieutenant Follet in the pursuit of these missions
overcame all dangers and obstacles is evidence of his daring
bravery and great presence of mind.
He was wounded at the battle of New Madrid, Mo., March 2,
1862, and at Farmington, Miss., May 9, 1862, yet, as stated
before, continued in active service. He received his Medal of
Honor for his intrepidity and fine soldierly qualities
throughout his military career and was honored by General
Sheridan by special mention in several reports of important
battles and in the general's personal memoirs.
Source: Deeds of Valor