Henry Joseph Reilly
Captain, United States Army Artillery
Joseph Reilly of Ireland.
Private, Corporal and Sergeant, Battery B, 5th U. S. Artillery, 22 September 1864 to 30 December 1866
Second Lieutenant, 5th U. S. Artillery, 1 December 1866
FIrst Lieutenant, 18 September 1869
Captain, 3 January 1894
Killed In Action at Peking, China, 14 August 1900
Captain Reilly, United States Army Artillery, took part in quelling the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. He commanded a battery of the 5th United States Artillery which blasted open the gates of Peking, China and he was killed by hostile enemy fire on August 15, 1900 during that engagement.
On his tomb in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery is the phrase from 2nd Timothy:
have fought the good fight.
His wife, Frances M. Reilly (1859-1947) is
buried with him.
REILLY, FRANCES MARY W/O HENRY J
“Adjutant General, Washington. Reply to your
cablegram, our battery better than battery any other army in campaign.
German battery recently arrived; some features superior to ours, powder
charges in case, caliber gun not quite so large. Our battery highly praised.
Battery seen by General Linivitch, who said he felt like taking off
his hat whenever he saw it. No battery so active as ours in attack on Pekin.—Chaffee.”
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