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

John Reed Porter

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G,
    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 R. Porter
Medal of Honor Recipient John R. Porter
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: McComb, Hancock County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 1863
  • Born: November 14, 1838, Delaware County, OH, United States
  • Died: October 17, 1923, Dayton, OH, United States
  • Buried: MaComb Union Cemetery (MH) (1-10-9), MaComb, OH, United States

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