Ginley was born in Ireland, and entered service at Woodside, Queens, in New York. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism shown in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, for bravery in action during the Second Battle of Ream's Station, while serving as a Private with Company F, 2nd U.S. Artillery. His Medal of Honor was issued on October 31, 1890.
Ginley died at the age of 94, on April 5, 1917 and was buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Patrick Ginley, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 25 August 1864, while serving with Company G, 1st New York Light Artillery, in action at Reams' Station, Virginia. The command having been driven from the works, Private Ginley, having been left alone between the opposing lines, crept back into the works, put three charges of canister in one of the guns, and fired the piece directly into a body of the enemy about to seize the works; he then rejoined his command, took the colors, and ran toward the enemy, followed by the command, which recaptured the works and guns.
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- "GINLEY, PATRICK". http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/500/ginley-patrick.php. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "Valor awards for Patrick Ginley". http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=2521. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
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