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

James Allen

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Corporal)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F,
    16th New York Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 14, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: South Mountain, Maryland, USA
Singlehandedly and slightly wounded he accosted a squad of 14 Confederate soldiers bearing the colors of the 16th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.). By an imaginary ruse he secured their surrender and kept them at bay when the regimental commander discovered him and rode away for assistance.
Medal of Honor Recipient James Allen
Medal of Honor Recipient James Allen
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 11, 1890
  • Born: May 5, 1843, Ireland
  • Died: August 31, 1913, St. Paul, MN, United States
  • Buried: Oakland Cemetery (46-34), St. Paul, MN, United States

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