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

Philip G. Shadrach

  • Also Known As: Perry Shadrach
  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company K,
    2nd Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 12, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Georgia

Private Philip G. Shadrach distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Georgia on 12 April 1862. Private Shadrach was one of 22 Andrews' Raiders who, by direction of Major Ormsby M. Mitchell, penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory. Upon capturing a railroad train at Big Shanty in Georgia, the group set out to complete their mission of disrupting enemy supply lines by destroying bridges and tracks between Chattanooga and Atlanta. Private Shadrach's gallant actions in close contact with the enemy were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Army of the Ohio, and the United States Army. 

Medal of Honor Recipient Philip Shadrach
Medal of Honor Recipient Philip Shadrach
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mitchell's Salt Works, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 3, 2024

    At the White House, Washington, D.C., by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

  • Born: September 15, 1840, Somerset County, PA
  • Died: June 18, 1862, Atlanta, GA, US
  • Buried: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN, US
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