Private James Allen of Company F, 16th New York Infantry was awarded the Medal of Honor for single-handedly capturing a group of the enemy and their colors at Crampton’s Gap on 14 September 1862.

… I was met by another volley, but was only slightly wounded. Putting on a bold face, and waving my arms, I said to my imaginary company: ‘Up, men, up!’

The rebels, thinking they were cornered, stacked their arms in response to my order to surrender.

Pictured is a page with his own narration of the events from Byer & Keydel’s Deeds of Valor: How America’s Heroes Won the Medal of Honor (1901), online from the Internet Archive.

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