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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Andrew John Kelley

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    17th Michigan Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 20, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Having voluntarily accompanied a small party to destroy buildings within the enemy's lines whence sharpshooters had been firing, Kelley disregarded an order to retire, remained, and completed the firing of the buildings, thus insuring their total destruction; this at the imminent risk of his life from the fire of the advancing enemy.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 17, 1900
  • Born: September 2, 1845, La Grange County, IN, United States
  • Died: June 4, 1918, Crookston, MN, United States
  • Buried: Oakdale Cemetery (MH), Crookston, MN, United States

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