Alexander Kelly, 1SG (USA)

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Alexander Kelly, 1SG (USA)

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: PA, USA
Death: June 19, 1907 (67)
Occupation: 6th United States Colored Infantry Regiment
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Alexander Kelly, 1SG (USA)

Alexander Kelly (April 7, 1840 – June 19, 1907) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.


Alexander Kelly was born in SaltsBurg, Pennsylvania in 1837. He enlisted as a substitute and by September 29, 1864, was serving as a First Sergeant in Company F of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment. On that day, his unit participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm in Virginia, and it was for his actions during the battle that he was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on April 6, 1865.

Before the war, he worked as a coal miner in Western Pennsylvania. He went to Homestead, Pennsylvania after the war and for a time, served as the night watchman at the Pittsburgh Police stables.

Alexander Kelly married but never had children He took in orphans off the streets. He died at age 67 and was buried in Saint Peters Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Medal of Honor citation

First Sergeant Kelly's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

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

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Alexander Kelly, 1SG (USA)'s Timeline

April 7, 1840
June 19, 1907
Age 67