LILLEY, JOHN - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Private, Company F, 205th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Place and date:   At Petersburg, Va., 2 April 1865.

Entered service at:   ?.

Birth:   Mifflin County, Pa.

Date of issue:   20 May 1865.

Citation:   After his regiment 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 withdrew further to the rear.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)