Clinton A. Cilley
|Clinton Albert Cilley|
February 16, 1837|
Rockingham County, New Hampshire
|Died||May 9, 1900
|Place of burial||Oakwood Cemetery Hickory (Catawba County), North Carolina|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1861 - 1866|
|Unit||2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
*Battle of Chickamauga
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Other work||lawyer, judge, politician|
Clinton Albert Cilley (February 16, 1837 – May 9, 1900) was a North Carolina lawyer and judge, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions as an officer in the Union Army at the Battle of Chickamauga in the American Civil War.
Cilley joined the 2nd Minnesota Infantry as a sergeant in June 1861, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant six months later. He mustered out in September 1866 with the rank of major and a brevet (honorary promotion) to the rank of colonel.
Cilley moved to western North Carolina at the end of the Civil War and became regional administrator for the Freedmens Bureau. Although he was essentially a carpetbagger, Cilley became very popular as a lawyer in Lenoir, North Carolina, where he was elected one of the town's first mayors. He married Emma Harper, daughter of Congressman James C. Harper.
In 1890 he joined the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was assigned national membership number 7521 and state society number 21.
He died May 9, 1900 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery Hickory (Catawba County), North Carolina. His grave can be found in Section 2-E, Row 2.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Captain, Company C, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Chickamauga, Ga., September 20, 1863. Entered service at: Wasioja, Minn. Birth: Rockingham County, N.H. Date of issue: June 12, 1895.
Seized the colors of a retreating regiment and led it into the thick of the attack.
- "Clinton A. Cilley". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "Clinton A. Cilley Papers". Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "Medal of Honor citation". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "Photo of Cilley's Grave". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "U.S. Army Website". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
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