|Abner P. Allen|
Abner P. Allen, Medal of Honor recipient
|Born||October 9, 1839|
|Died||August 22, 1905(aged 65)|
|Place of birth||Woodford County, Illinois|
|Years of service||1864 - 1865|
|Unit||39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Biography[edit | edit source]
By the time the 39th was involved in the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, Allen was a corporal in Company K. When the regiment (as part of the XXIV Corps under Major General John Gibbon) was assaulting Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865 under heavy fire, he was at the front as a color bearer.
At the surrender ceremony at Appomattox Courthouse a week later, Allen was given the honor of carrying Illinois' flag. He later traveled to Washington, D.C. with General Gibbon and 76 captured Confederate colors. He received his medal there from Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.
Allen died in 1905 and is buried in Centerburg Cemetery, Centerburg, Ohio.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company K, 39th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Petersburg, Virginia, April 2, 1865. Entered service at: Bloomington, Ill. Birth: Woodford County, Ill. Date of issue: May 12, 1865.
Gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Illinois Service Record
- "Civil War (A-L), Allen, Abner P. entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 6, 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100711070409/http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
[edit | edit source]
- "Abner P. Allen". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5746490. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "Henry Day, 39th Illinois Infantry Co. "A"". Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. http://web.archive.org/web/20080305234811/http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/scrapbk/039-a-mh.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
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