b. 02/09/1845 Lagrange County, Indiana. d. 04/06/1918 Crookston, Minnesota.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 20/11/1863 Knoxville, Tennessee.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the Union Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Private in Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry for action on November 20, 1863 at Knoxville, Tennessee.
Having voluntarily accompanied a small party to destroy buildings within the enemy's lines whence sharpshooters had been firing, Kelley disregarded an order to retire, remained, and completed the firing of the buildings, thus insuring their total destruction; this at the imminent risk of his life from the fire of the advancing enemy.
BURIAL LOCATION: OAKDALE CEMETERY, CROOKSTON, MINNESOTA.
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