by James E. Fargo, FSA Scot


Joseph Robinson was born on October 12, 1847 in Ireland. He was married to Catherine Ignatia Robinson and they had at least one son, Joseph.

First Sergeant Robinson served in Company D, 3rd US Cavalry Regiment.

On June 17, 1876 at Rosebud River, Montana, Robinson’s detachment was attacked by a group of hostile Indians. The detachment was able to withdraw under heavy fire.

Robinson’s Medal of Honor citation dated January 23, 1880 read: "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Sergeant Robinson who discharged his duties while in charge of the skirmish line under fire with judgment and great coolness and brought up the lead horses at a critical moment."

Joseph Robinson died in December 18, 1917 and is buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Kansas.

Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Hall of Valor Project – Army
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