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Abner P. Allen
Abner P. Allen, Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1839-10-09)October 9, 1839
Died August 22, 1905(1905-08-22) (aged 65)
Place of birth Woodford County, Illinois
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Army
Union Army
Years of service 1864 - 1865
Rank Confederate States of America Corporal-Cavalry.jpg Corporal
Unit 39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Abner P. Allen (October 9, 1839 – August 22, 1905) was an American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the American Civil War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Allen was born in Woodford County, Illinois. In January 1864, he joined the 39th Illinois infantry Regiment and remained with the unit until mustered out on December 6, 1865.[1]

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.[2]

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