May 27, 1867|
Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||March 18, 1950
San Bruno, California
|Place of burial||Golden Gate National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||c. 1890–1891|
|Unit||7th U.S. Cavalry|
Wounded Knee Massacre
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
First Lieutenant Mosheim Feaster (May 27, 1867 – March 18, 1950) was an American soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 7th U.S. Cavalry during the Indian Wars. He was one of twenty-four men received the Medal of Honor for alleged gallantry at what was then called the Battle of Wounded Knee, but now commonly called the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890.
Mosheim Feaster was born in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania on May 27, 1867. As a young man, he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio where he enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a member of Company E in the 7th U.S. Cavalry. Assigned to frontier duty in the Dakota Territory, Feaster took part in campaigns against the Sioux during the late-1880s. His unit was ordered to bring in the Sioux chief Big Foot, on the morning of December 29, 1890, they surrounded his camp on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Although intending to place Big Foot under arrest and disarm his followers, fighting broke out resulting in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Feaster was cited for "extraordinary gallantry" during the battle by advancing to an exposed position and holding it under heavy fire. He was one of twenty-four soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for his actions. After leaving the military at the rank of first lieutenant, Feaster moved to San Bruno, California where he died on March 18, 1950, at the age of 82. He was interred at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Wounded Knee Creek, S. Dak., 29 December 1890. Entered service at: Schellburg, Pa. Birth: Schellburg, Pa. Date of issue: 23 June 1891.
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