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

John Lilley

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F,
    205th Pennsylvania Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 2, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA
After his regiment had began to waiver, he rushed on alone to capture the enemy flag. He reached the works and the Confederate color bearer who, at bayonet point, he caused to surrender with several enemy soldiers. He kept his prisoners in tow when they realized he was alone as his regiment in the meantime withdrawn further to the rear.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 20, 1865
  • Born: February 1826, Mifflin County, PA, United States
  • Died: May 12, 1902, Lewistown, PA, United States
  • Buried: First Methodist Cemetery (MH) (15), Lewistown, PA, United States

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