by James E. Fargo, FSA Scot

Thomas Robinson was born in 1833 in County Mayo, Ireland and immigrated to the United States and settled in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania before the Civil War. He enlisted as a private in Company H, 81st Pennsylvania Infantry of the Union Army.

Private Robinson’s Medal of Honor citation read: "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Thomas Robinson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 12 May 1864, while serving with Company H, 81st Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Spotsylvania, Virginia, for capture of flag in a hand-to-hand conflict."

Robinson’s Medal of Honor was issued on December 1, 1864.

His date of death and burial site are unknown.

Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Hall of Valor Project – Marine Corps