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William Pittinger

  • Also Known As: Pittenger, William
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G,
    2d 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 William Pittinger
Medal of Honor Recipient William Pittinger
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 25, 1863

    Washington, D.C., presented by Sec. of War Edward M. Stanton

  • Born: January 31, 1840, Knoxville, Jefferson County, OH, United States
  • Died: April 24, 1904, Fallbrook, CA, United States
  • Buried: Odd Fellow Cemetery (MH), Fallbrook, CA, United States

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