To the President of the United Stated and the Members of United States Congress:

WHEREAS, Patrick H. O’Rorke was born in County Cavan, Ireland, immigrated to the United States, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduated first in his class of 1861 and fought valiantly for his adopted homeland for two year until he died while leading a charge of the 140th New York Infantry Regiment in the defense of Little Round Top on July 2, 1963 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke’s life and death in combat exemplify the mid-19th Century experience of Irish Americans in the cause of preserving the union of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke’s gallantry and self-sacrifice are worthy of the Medal of Honor from his nation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, the undersigned, hereby request that the United States of America, through its President and Congress, grant the Medal of Honor to Col. Patrick H. O’Rorke of the 140th New York Infantry Regiment for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life in an action with the enemy on July 2, 1863 on Little Round Top in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


The Colonel Patrick H. O'Rorke Memorial Society



  • Andy McGovern I would like to get more information on Patrick O'Rorke. I.e. what townland in Cavan he Was Born and in What Year? Many people from south Leitrim gave Cavan as their home address. Because that was the railway station, they departed from: "Killashandra" I had a great grand uncle in New York at this time. Also, Patrick O'Rorke. Born in Cloone, County Leitrim. 1840s. I would like to get further information about this Honored man?

  • ronvogel Col. O' Rorke paid the ultimate price for his country. Without his heroic stand at Gettysburg, the union would have folded,and morethan likely lost the battle,and maybe the war.

  • Matthew C. Williams PhD The story and the gallantry of those who have died in battle require the recognition of the living. Leading the first of two infantry charges on June 2nd 1863, with colors in hand, Colonel Patrick O'Rourke reinforced the beleaguered men of Michigan and prevented a most certain sweep of little round top. He picked his moment in history and made a stand, shall we not honor him for his sacrifice to his country?

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