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Cecil Clay
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Born: February 13, 1842(1842-02-13)
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Died: September 23, 1903 (aged 61)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Captain
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Battles: American Civil War
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Cecil Clay (February 13, 1842 – September 23, 1903) was captain of Company K in the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life[]

Cecil Clay was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the fraternity St. Anthony Hall.[1]

Civil war[]

Was the captain of company K of the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Was promoted to Major on September 30, 1864.
Was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on November 19, 1864.
Was breveted to Colonel and Brigadier General, United States Army and mustered out of the volunteer service on January 24, 1866.

Earned the Medal of Honor while serving with the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on September 29, 1864 at Fort Harrison , Virginia, where he was wounded in action, losing his right arm and severely wounded in the left arm while leading a charge. The medal was actually issued on April 19, 1892

Post Bellum[]

President of the St. Lawrence Boom and Manufacturing Company, 1870. Chief Clerk and general Agent, United States Department of Justice from 1883- 1903. Colonel, 2nd D.C. National Guard, 1887-1897.

President, Board of Reform School, Washington, D.C.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Captain, Company K, 58th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Harrison, Va., September 29, 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date of issue: April 19, 1892.


Led his regiment in the charge, carrying the colors of another regiment, and when severely wounded in the right arm, incurring loss of same, he shifted the colors to the left hand, which also became disabled by a gunshot wound.

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: A–F