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Drury replied: " They will have to kill this Irishman before they get it."
The officer pointed to a road which seemed to offer some chance as an avenue of escape.
" Go that way and perhaps you may succeed in escaping the rebels," the officer observed. Drury lost no time in following the advice. Wrapping the flag around the staff, he said to his command: " Boys, I'm going to save this flag or die in the attempt."
Privates Brown and Wilson called out: "We'll be with you, Sergeant." And then the three started across the open fields. They had not progressed far, however, when the rebels shouted to them: " Halt, you damned Yankees ! " but the Yankees did not halt. A shower of bullets was sent after them. Poor Brown fell. To their regret they had to leave the brave fellow behind. Sergeant Drury and his remaining companion, Private Wilson, ran as fast as they could and safely reached the timber. By this time darkness had set in and the fugitives were able to conceal themselves in the woods till daybreak, when they found the Federal pickets, and thus saved the flag from falling into the enemy's hands.
Source: Deeds of Valor, p. 368
Service Record: Enlisted in Company C, Vermont 4th Infantry Regiment on 21 Sep 1861.Promoted to Full Corporal on 27 Oct 1863.Promoted to Full Sergeant on 18 Jun 1864.Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 04 Jun 1865.Mustered out on 26 Jul 1865.
Birth Date: 15 Aug 1837
Death Date: 25 Dec 1919
Death Place: Lovilia, Iowa
Sources: Roster of Vermont Volunteers During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66Deeds of Valor. How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of HonorMedal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994
Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.