b. 07/04/1840 Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. d. 19/06/1907 Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1864 Chaffin's Farm, Virginia.
Alexander Kelly was born in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1840. He enlisted as a substitute in August 1863 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. He was mustered out in September 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 and his wife took in orphans from the street.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: SAINT PETERS CEMETERY, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA.
Division 3, Grave 13
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