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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

John Alfred Wilson

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Corporal)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    21st Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Georgia, USA
One of 19 of 24 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchell, penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Medal of Honor Recipient John A. Wilson
Medal of Honor Recipient John A. Wilson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 1863
  • Born: July 25, 1833, Columbus, Franklin County, OH
  • Died: March 28, 1904
  • Buried: Union Hill Cemetery (MH), Bowling Green, OH

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