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b. 25/07/1832 Columbus, Ohio.  d. 28/03/1904 Perrysburg, Ohio.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 04/1862 Big Shanty, Georgia.

 

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as Private in Company C, 21st Ohio Infantry and a member of the Andrews Raiders. In April 1862, he was one of the 22 men which included 2 civilians who penetrated nearly 200 miles south into Confederate enemy territory. There they captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta. For bravery in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in September 1863. He is also the author of the book, "The Adventures of Alf Wilson".

 

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One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., and attempted to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNION HILL CEMETERY, BOWLING GREEN, OHIO.

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John Alfred "Alf" Wilson

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