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John A. Falconer
Birth: 1844
Death: Apr. 1, 1900

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as a Corporal in Company A, 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 20, 1863. His citation reads "Conducted the "burning party" of his regiment at the time a charge was made on the enemy's picket line, and burned the house which had sheltered the enemy's sharpshooters, thus insuring success to a hazardous enterprise". His Medal was awarded to him on July 27, 1896. After his death, his family moved to the state of Washington. In December of 1998, Betty Harvey Williams, working for the Johnson County Missouri Historical Society, discovered an amazing letter that would forever change the look of Falconer's grave. In the letter, written by Grace Ackerly in 1958 discussing deeds to the remaining plots surrounding Falconer's burial site, Ackerly writes the statement, "I am the sole survivor of John Falconer." The discovery of this letter enabled the government to provide Mr. Falconer a Medal of Honor recipient marker, since it was no longer possible to obtain the permission needed from a relative. On June 12, 1999, a special ceremony was organized by the Medal of Honor Society, Johnson County Missouri Historical Society, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 in order to honor the heroics of John Falconer over 130 years earlier. Although John Falconer had received his medal in the mail before his death, there had been no official presentation of the award by a military officer until this ceremony. (bio by: Bill Walker) 
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  Grace Falconer Ackerly (1873 - 1966)*
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Sunset Hill Cemetery
Johnson County
Missouri, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 38.7703, -93.75257
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Record added: Jun 21, 2002
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