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LT Jacob Wilson Parrott
Birth: Jul. 17, 1843
Fairfield County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1908
Hardin County
Ohio, USA

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. During the Civil War, he served as a member of Company K, 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Jacob, along with 22 other men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of General Mitchell penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train, "The General" at Big Shanty, Georgia, in an attempt to destroy the bridges and tracks between Chattanooga and Atlanta. Led by James J. Andrews, the men were able to take possession of the train, and a long chase followed. Sometimes this great adventure is referred to as "The Great Locomotive Chase". Many of the men, including Jacob, were eventually captured by the Confederate Soldiers. While being held captive, Jacob endured being whipped over 100 times, on his bare back, by the confederates as they tried to gain information from him. For his part in the undercover mission, Jacob was awarded the very first Medal Of Honor. Other "Andrew's Raiders", as they became to be known by, were also awarded the Medal Of Honor, as they so well deserved. There are several books about this exciting adventure, and Disney also made a movie entitled "The Great Locomotive Chase". (bio by T. Parrott Dreffer, Great-great-grandaughter of Jacob Parrott)

Jacob Wilson Parrott (July 17, 1843–December 22, 1908) was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, a new military award first presented by the United States Department of War to six Union Army soldiers who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase in 1862 during the American Civil War (1861–1865). 
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  Sarah A. Lawrence Parrott (1845 - 1911)*
  John M. Parrott (1867 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: angina pectoris
Grove Cemetery
Hardin County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Lot # 338, Section 1W, Grave #16
GPS (lat/lon): 40.6458, 83.5881
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Record added: Dec 21, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 19152
LT Jacob Wilson Parrott
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LT Jacob Wilson Parrott
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LT Jacob Wilson Parrott
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1st Recipient: 25 March 1863
- Wagon Master
 Added: Feb. 9, 2017
Thank you, Lieutenant for your gallant service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Dec. 22, 2016
first recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Barbara Anne (Brownell) Potter
 Added: Jul. 18, 2016
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