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Edward Lyons Gilligan
Born April 18, 1843
Died April 2, 1922
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of death Oxford, Pennsylvania
Buried at Oxford, Pennsylvania
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Captain
Unit Pennsylvania Company E, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/wars Third Battle of Petersburg
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Edward Lyons Gilligan (April 18, 1843 - April 2, 1922) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Gilligan received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Gilligan's medal was won after he assisted in the capture of a Confederate flag.[1] He was posthumously honored with the award on April 30, 1892.[2]

Gilligan joined the Army from Philadelphia in October 1861. He was commissioned as an officer in October 1864, and mustered out with his regiment in June 1865.[3] Gilligan was buried in Oxford, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Sergeant Edward Lyons Gilligan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 1 July 1863, while serving with Company E, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. First Sergeant Gilligan assisted in the capture of a Confederate flag by knocking down the color sergeant.[1]

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