Gottlieb Luty
Medal of Honor Recipient 1876


Gottlieb Luty joined the Union Army in 1861 when he was 19 years old.  Luty served as a corporal in Company A of the 74th New York Infantry.  While stationed at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, Luty was one of five volunteers who responded to Col. Lonesberry’s request for a surveillance team to scout the enemy’s positions.  The volunteers advanced at night under heavy gunfire into enemy territory, obtaining valuable information but losing their way as they tried to return.  As luck would have it, General Stonewall Jackson had been wounded, throwing the confederate camp into a confusion that allowed the volunteers to escape back to their encampment.  For his bravery, Luty was awarded the Medal of Honor on October 5, 1876.  Luty was wounded at Gettysburg in 1863 and mustered out as a Sargent, being honorably discharged in 1864.  Luty would later give a firsthand account of his dangerous work at Chancellorsville in the 1886 book, Uncle Sam’s Medal of Honor; Some of the Notable Deeds for Which the Medal Has Been Awarded, Described by Those Who Have Won It.

 On July 12, 1904, Luty was killed when, attempting to board a streetcar, he lost his footing and fell under the wheels.  Various newspaper reports of that incident describe Luty as a machinist for The Fort Wayne Shops in Allegheny, where he had worked for 25 years.  None of the reports identify him as a Medal of Honor recipient.

Photo from DEEDS OF VALOR ed. by Beyer & Keydel (1907), 1: 147.