b. 1830 Mercer County, Pennsylvania. d. 07/02/1886 Quincy, Illinois.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 04/1862 Big Shantry, Georgia.
Hawkins was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania in 1830 and entered service at Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism shown in April 1862 during the Great Locomotive Chase, at Big Shanty, Georgia while serving as a Corporal with Company A, 33rd Ohio Infantry. His Medal of Honor was issued in September 1863.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Martin Jones Hawkins, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on April, 1862, while serving with Company G, 21st Ohio Infantry, in action during the Andrew's Raid in Georgia. Corporal Hawkins was one of the 19 of 22 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of General Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia, in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
BURIAL LOCATION: WOODLAND CEMETERY, QUINCY, ILLINOIS.
Lot No. 182, Block 12