James John Drury - Medal Of Honor - Ne

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He was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor during the Civil War. I came across this while doing work on a cemetery where many of my relatives are buried. I created the profile, but he needs connected and tagged with any appropriate military or project identifiers.
WikiTree profile: James Drury
in Genealogy Help by Matt Melcher G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
Thanks to those that worked on this so quickly! I knew this was outside of my abilities to do him justice. Thanks again to all you wonderful WikiTree people!

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This record will need to be in. 2 parts, starting with second.

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

Source Information

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.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Name: James Drury

Residence:  

Age at Enlistment: 24

Enlistment Date: 26 Aug 1861

Rank at enlistment: Private

State Served: Vermont

Survived the War?: Yes

Medal of Honor: James Drury

Weldon Railroad, VA

06/23/64

CAPTURED, BUT THEIR COLORS WERE SAVED

WHILE some 600 men of the Fourth and Sixteenth Vermont Infantry were destroying the Weldon Railroad, Va., June 23,1864, they found themselves surrounded by General Mahone's Division of 3,000 Confederates ; but though they were so greatly outnumbered, they nevertheless made a brave resistance. The enemy's fire was doing terrible execution ; more than half of the Union soldiers had been killed or wounded. 

The commanding officer of the Vermonters, seeing they could not extricate themselves, and that capture was inevitable, stepped up to Sergeant James Drury, of the Fourth Vermont Infantry, who had the colors, and remarked that the regiment would lose its standard. 

James Drury Self Married Male 65 1835 Ireland

Jane Drury Wife Married Female 55 1845 Ireland

Charles T Drury Son Single Male 30 1870 Iowa

Mary A Drury Daughter Single Female 24 1876 Iowa

Robert E Drury Son Single Male 22 1878 Iowa

First name(s) James

Last name Drury

Relationship Self

Marital status Married

Gender Male

Age 65

Birth year 1835

Birth place Ireland

Marriage year (estimated) 1870

Ethnicity American

Race White

Immigration year 1850

Spouse's first name(s) Jane

Spouse's last name Drury

Spouse's birth place Ireland

Head of household's first name(s) James

Head of household's last name Drury

Father's birth place Ireland

City/township Bluff Creek

County Monroe

State Iowa

NARA series 1240449

Record set Us Census 1900

Category Census, land & surveys

Subcategory Census

Collections from Americas, United States

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

James Drury Self Married Male 74 1836

Jane Drury Wife Married Female 67 1843

Mary A Drury Daughter Single Female 30 1880

James A Drury Son Single Male 27 1883

Edward Leo Drury Son Single Male 19 1891

First name(s) James

Last name Drury

Relationship Self

Marital status Married

Gender Male

Age 74

Birth year 1836

Birth place Ireland

Race White

Immigration year 1857

Spouse's first name(s) Jane

Spouse's last name Drury

Spouse's birth place Ireland

Father's first name(s) -

Father's last name -

Father's birth place Ireland

Mother's first name(s) -

Mother's last name -

Mother's birth place Ireland

City/township Bluff Creek

County Monroe

State Iowa

Record set Us Census 1910

Category Census, land & surveys

Subcategory Census

Collections from Americas, United States

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

+6 votes

Great post and follow up answers and comments.

I added the medal sticker to his profile:

And if anyone wants to add US medal in the future, here is a page that you can bookmark that has most of the most common awards:

Space: United States Armed Forces Decorations, Awards, and Badges

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by SJ Baty

But be sure to spell it correctly. winksmiley

Exactly!  

And be sure that the name for the medal you are using matches the currently used name.  Recently I added the medal "Civil War Campaign Medal" to an ancestor's profile and received a profile comment that it was "Civil War Campaign Medal (Army)" (to differentiate from the 'Navy' variant).

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