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Samuel Slavens

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    33d 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 Samuel Slavens
Medal of Honor Recipient Samuel Slavens
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Wakefield, Pike County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 28, 1883
  • Born: 1830, Pike County, OH, United States
  • Died: June 18, 1862, Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Buried: Chattanooga National Cemetery (MH) (H-11176), Chattanooga, TN, United States

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