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Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Citation

First Sergeant

John Shilling

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Organization: Company H, 3d Delaware Infantry

Entered Service: Felton, Del.

Birth: 15 February 1832, England.

Date Medal Issued: 6 September 1864

Date of Action: 21 August 1864

Place of Action: Weldon Railroad, Va.


Capture of flag.

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"...Finally, they settled in on the seige of Petersburg, Virginia. It was here, that Shilling's deed of valor came."

"The 3rd Delaware was assigned to Major General Warren's V Corps. Their assignment was to disrupt the Weldon Railroad which was supplying the Rebels in Petersburg. A battle ensued with the Rebels of General Hagood's brigade. During the battle, Union Captain Dennis Daily captured the flag of the 24th [North?] Carolina. Rebel General Hagood shot Captain Dailey and retrieved the flag. It was at this point, that Sergeant Shilling jumped out and captured a South Carolina battle flag."
(from Martin, Roger A., Delaware"s Medal of Honor Recipients)


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