|Died||May 12, 1902 (aged 75–76)|
|Place of birth||Mifflin County, Pennsylvania|
|Place of burial||First Methodist Cemetery Lewistown, Pennsylvania|
United States of America|
United States Army|
|Years of service||1864 - 1865|
|Unit||Company F, 205th Pennsylvania Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Lilley was born in 1826 and on September 1, 1864 mustered into Company F of the 205th Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry as a Private for service in the American Civil War. While serving with his unit in Virginia at the Battle of Petersburg his regiment began to waiver and he rushed alone to capture the enemy flag. When he reached the Confederate color bearer he used his bayonet to force the opposing soldier to surrender with several enemy soldiers. He kept the prisoners in tow when they realized he was alone as his regiment withdrew.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 205th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865. Entered service at:------. Birth: Mifflin County, Pa. Date of issue: May 20, 1865.
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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Don Morphe (February 28, 2003). "John Lilley". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7220215. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 ""JOHN LILLEY" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved march 13, 2008.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ""JOHN LILLEY" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "John Lilley". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1766. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
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