Located at the Lilly-Washington War Memorial
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THE CIVIL WAR
In 1861, Major Richard White recruited a company of men (know as Company A of the 55th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment) from The Hemlock (Lilly)/Washington area, and Chest Springs. Major White led them on a number of major campaigns throughout the South. Sergeant Augustan Flanagan of Company A was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Lilly/Washington area was well represented in the Union forces during the Civil War. Youths as young as sixteen and men in their late forties, along with all ages in between, answered the call to preserve the Union. Often, both fathers and sons went off to war, and many families saw several brothers join the Union cause. Tragedies often were compounded; the Brown family lost a father and son while two Sweeney bothers, two Lances, two Parker brothers and three McAtamenys fell during the war.
Flanagan and Company A are memorialized on the monument shown above.