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REILLY, SERGT. PHILIP, born in County Cavan, Ireland, March 25,1841; came to the United States, 1851. He enlisted from New Haven, in Company E, of the Ninth, Sept. 4, 1861, and was mustered corporal. He was promoted to sergeant, Jan. 1, 1862, was color sergeant in March, 1863, and was transferred to Company B, Ninth Battalion, Oct. 12, 1864. At the battle of Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864, he was wounded, and was honorably discharged Feb. 14, 1865. Also noted in Murray’s book …pages 163- 164 “Sergt. Philip Reilly, of Company E, modestly narrates an incident in which he participated.

In the winter of 1863, he was in command of a detachment of his company, stationed at Bay St. John. One evening while out reconnoitering with Corporal Ryan, the two heard an unusual sound. Listening intently, they became satisfied that it was caused by heavy wagons. Sergt. Ryan and his companion concealed themselves until the wagons had reached a point opposite, when they sprang from their hiding place and sternly called to the drivers to "Halt and surrender!" The demand was promptly complied with. An investigation disclosed the fact, that the Sergeant and his friend had captured two heavily laden wagons with three able-bodied men in charge.

"The next step," writes Sergt. Reilly, "was to decide what to do with our prisoners. We reached a decision promptly, and took them to Lakeport, a distance of about three miles over a lonely road. As we had nothing but our side arms, we had to be very watchful. After reaching Lakeport, we awoke Capt. Sheridan, and turned over to him our prisoners and the wagons. The contents of the latter proved to be quite valuable and consisted of medicine, clothing and whiskey intended for the Confederates across the Lake." Sergt. Reilly, just mentioned, while in command, in March, 1863, of an outpost at Bayou St. John, participated in the capture of a blockade runner. She had aboard a large quantity of goods, including over $2,000,000 in Confederate paper money which was being taken to Richmond for the signature of the Confederate treasurer. The bills had been made in Europe and brought to New Orleans by rebel sympathizers.”






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