16 May 2010

Medal of Honor: J. Allen


Private, Company F, 16th New York Infantry

Born: 6 May 1843, Ireland
Died: 31 August 1913, Minnesota(?)

Citation: Single-handed and slightly wounded he accosted a squad of 14 Confederate soldiers bearing the colors of the 16th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.) [at South Mountain, Maryland, on 14 September 1862]. By an imaginary ruse he secured their surrender and kept them at bay when the regimental commander discovered him and rode away for assistance.

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