ACTION: Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison), VA.
DATE: 29 September 1864.
NAME: Kelly, Alexander.
RANK/UNIT: First Sergeant, Co. F, 6th U.S. Colored Troops.
CITATION: "Gallantly seized the colors, which had fallen near the enemy's lines of abatis, raised them and rallied the men at a time of confusion and in a place of the greatest danger."
MEDAL PRESENTED: 6 April 1865.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Born: Saltsburg, PA. April 7, 1840.
ENTERED SERVICE: Allegheny City, PA. 19 August 1863.
OTHER: Kelly enlisted as a substitute for a man named Joseph Kelly. He was a 23-year-old coal miner who stood 5 feet 3 and one-half inches in height. On September 3rd, 1863, he was appointed First Sergeant of his unit, at that time stationed at Camp William Penn, Chilton Hills, PA. Although Kelly was reduced in rank to private on July 12th, 1865, he was promoted back to Sergeant on August 1st 1865. Kelly was mustered out of the U.S. Army at Wilmington, NC, on September 20, 1865.
An order from Gen. Benjamin Butler dated 11 October 1864 had this to say:
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