May 31, 1864 – This Day During The American Civil War – George Lewis Gillespie Jr., Medal of Honor recipient

May 31, 1864 – George Lewis Gillespie Jr., Medal of Honor recipient (October 7, 1841 – September 27, 1913) was an American soldier who received the highest military decoration that the United States bestows to members of the military, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the American Civil War.

official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Exposed himself to great danger by voluntarily making his way through the enemy’s lines to communicate with Gen. Sheridan. While rendering this service he was captured, but escaped; again came in contact with the enemy, was again ordered to surrender, but escaped by dashing away under fire.

George Lewis Gillespie Jr., Medal of Honor recipient

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