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 Robert Teleford Kelley

Robert Teleford Kelley

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Jul 1873 (aged 37–38)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 17, Lot 149
Memorial ID 21814 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Union Navy as a Master-at-Arms on board the U.S.S. Shokokon under the alias "Robert T. Clifford". Awarded the CMOH for his bravery at an engagement at New Topsail Inlet off Wilmington, North Carolina on August 22, 1863. His citation reads "Participating in a strategic plan to destroy an enemy schooner, Clifford aided in the portage of a dinghy across a narrow neck of land separating the sea from the sound. Launching the boat in the sound, the crew approached the enemy from the rear and Clifford gallantly crept into the rebel camp and counted the men who outnumbered his party 3 to 1. Returning to his men, he ordered a charge in which the enemy was routed, leaving behind a schooner and a quantity of supplies". Medal was issued on December 31, 1864. Since he never asked for it to re-issued under his real name, Seaman Kelley's official citation is still listed alphabetically under his Clifford alias.

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  • Added: 19 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21814
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Teleford Kelley (1835–24 Jul 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21814, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .