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1LT John Reed Porter

1LT John Reed Porter

Birth
Delaware County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Oct 1923 (aged 84)
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial McComb, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Plot Lot 38, Block 1, Grave 2
Memorial ID 11583 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as a Private in Company G, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry . He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery as a participant as a Mitchell Raider in the famed “Great Locomotive Chase” in April 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., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta”. He was captured by pursuing Confederate forces along with the other Raiders. His Medal was issued in September 1863. 22 other participants were awarded the Medal of Honor, which were the first ever issued. He was the last surviving member of the Raiders.

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  • Added: 9 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11583
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT John Reed Porter (14 Nov 1838–15 Oct 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11583, citing McComb Union Cemetery, McComb, Hancock County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .