Joel H. Lyman was born in Cattaraugus County on May 11, 1845. He enlisted at age 18 at East Randolph on October 1, 1861, to serve three years, and was mustered in on October 7 as a Private in Company E of the 9th New York Cavalry. On February 18, 1864, he was appointed quartermaster sergeant, and two days later he was transferred to Company B. As related above, he was severely wounded on September 26, 1864, near the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. He was mustered out with his company on October 31, 1864. Lyman was awarded the Medal of Honor (issued on August 20, 1894) for an occurrence at Winchester, Virginia, on September 19, 1864, when “in an attempt to capture a Confederate flag he captured one of the enemy’s officers and brought him within the lines.”
Lyman died on May 4, 1922, and is buried in Randolph Cemetery.
Submitted by CAMP members.