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LT Jacob Wilson Parrott

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LT Jacob Wilson Parrott

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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  • Added: 21 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19152
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LT Jacob Wilson Parrott (17 Jul 1843–22 Dec 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19152, citing Grove Cemetery, Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .