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Perry Wilkes
Birth: Jun. 6, 1830
Crawford County
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1889
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Union Navy. His citation reads "Served as pilot on board the USS Signal, Red River, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the USS Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning their fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was ordered raised. Acting as pilot throughout the battle, Wilkes stood by his wheel until it was disabled in his hands by a bursting enemy shell."
He was a flat boat pilot before the Civil War, and when the Civil War broke out he joined the 48th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and held the rank of Lieutenant. After the Civil War, he resumed his career as a pilot and was known as one of the best steamboat men between Pittsburgh and New Orleans. (bio by: Don Morfe) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Louise Romine Wilkes (1834 - 1893)*
 
 Children:
  Ida Leora Wilkes Pflanz (1858 - 1942)*
  Hattie Louise Wilkes (1869 - 1881)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cave Hill Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section P, Lot 866
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Aug 07, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7743411
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Perry Wilkes
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G.O. No.45; 31 December 1865
- Wagon Master
 Added: Feb. 6, 2017
Thank you, Soldier for your gallant service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jun. 6, 2016

- nyfirebird2003
 Added: Jun. 6, 2016
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