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My great -great grandfather, James Quinlan, was awarded a Medal of Honor for leading the 88th NY Infantry (Irish Brigade) in a rear-guard action at Savage Station in the Peninsular Campaign. Although the action took place in 1862, the Medal was not awarded until 1891. I believe this was the case for many Civil War Medals of Honor. I found nothing in the New York Times about congressional initiatives on the subject. Has anyone else discovered the rationales and the procedures that were used to commemorate valor so long after the event? Jack Breihan Loyola University Maryland ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----