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John H. Callahan
Born (1845-01-25)January 25, 1845
Died March 13, 1914(1914-03-13) (aged 69)
Place of birth Shelby County, Kentucky
Place of death Manhattan, Kansas
Place of burial Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit 122nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

American Civil War

Awards Medal of Honor

John H. Callahan (January 25, 1845 – March 13, 1914) was one of two men from the 122nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment to receive the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War. Callahan was a private in Company B. The medal was awarded for capturing a Confederate flag during the Battle of Fort Blakely on April 9, 1865; he was one of fourteen men awarded with the Medal of Honor at this battle.

Callahan joined the Army in August 1862, and was mustered out in July 1865.[1]

He died on March 13, 1914 in Manhattan, Kansas and is buried in Sunset Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

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Rank and organization. Private, Company B, 122nd Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Blakely, Ala., 9 April 1865. Entered service at : Macoupin County, Ill.. Birth: Shelby County, Ky. Date of issue: 8 June 1865.


Capture of flag.

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