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James Allen
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Personal Information
Born: May 5, 1843(1843-05-05)
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Died: August 31, 1913 (aged 70)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Private
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Unit: Company F, 16th New York Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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For the U.S. Army engineer and frontiersman, see James Allen (Army engineer)

James Allen (May 5, 1843- August 31, 1913) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He earned the Medal Of Honor for bravery at the Battle of South Mountain on September 14, 1862, during the Maryland Campaign.

Medal of Honor citation[]

  • Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 16th New York Infantry.
  • Place and date: At South Mountain, Maryland, September 14, 1862.
  • Entered service at: Potsdam, New York
  • Born: May 6, 1843, Ireland.
  • Date of issue: September 11, 1890.


Single-handed and slightly wounded he accosted a squad of 14 Confederate soldiers bearing the colors of the 16th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.). By an imaginary ruse he secured their surrender and kept them at bay when the regimental commander discovered him and rode away for assistance

See also[]

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


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