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Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Citation


James Allen

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Organization: Company F, 16th New York Infantry

Entered Service: Potsdam, N.Y.

Birth: 6 May 1843, Ireland.

Date Medal Issued: 11 September 1890.

Date of Action: 14 September 1862.

Place of Action: Crampton's Gap (cited as South Mountain), Md.


Single-handed 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.

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See more about this, and the other Medal of Honor for action at Crampton's Gap.


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