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John Morehead Scott
Birth: Jan. 1, 1839
Stark County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1862

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as a Sergeant in Company F, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, being mustered in at the age of 22 on September 19, 1861. He was one of 24 men who volunteered to take part in what became known as the "Andrews' Raid" or the "Great Locomotive Chase" on April 12, 1862. His citation reads "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". The raid fizzled out after dogged pursuit by the crew of "The General", the train that was captured by the Raiders. Sergeant Scott was captured along with the rest of the group, was tried with 7 other group members, and hanged in Atlanta for being a spy. After the end of the war, his remains and the remains of his comrades were recovered and re-interred in what became Chattanooga National Cemetery. In 1866 he became the recipient of one of the first posthumously awarded Congressional Medals of Honor, with the Medal being presented to his widow on August 4, 1866. After years of it being in the possession of his family and descendants, the Medal was donated to the Southern Civil War and Locomotive History Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia (the former Big Shanty), where it can be seen today on display. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Rachel M. Scott Davis Waggoner (1843 - 1911)*
 
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Cause of death: Hanged by Confederate Army
 
Burial:
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Chattanooga
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section H, Grave 11182
 
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Record added: Aug 09, 2000
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