Born: July 17, 1843, Fairfield County, Ohio
Died: December 22, 1908 (age 65), Kenton, Ohio
Wilson Parrott was a soldier in the volunteer Union army during the
American Civil War. He was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, a
new military award first presented by the United States Department of
War to several soldiers for their participation in the Great Locomotive
What do you know about Jacob Parrott? Chase you way with this
1. He joined the United States Army in 1861 as a private in Company
K, 33rd Ohio Infantry. What battle did he see his first combat?
- Battle of Kanawha
- Battle of Ivy Hill
- Battle of Kentucky Ridges
2. In April 1862, he volunteered to take part in a daring raid with
21 others (they operated under the command of James J. Andrews). What
did the raid become known as?
- Andrews Raiders
- The Big Shanty Raid
- Locomotive Chase
3. What was the name of the train that Andrews and his men
commandeered at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw), Georgia on April 12, 1862?
4. Parrott and seven raiders made a successful and remarkable escape
from confinement. Traveling for hundreds of miles in predetermined
pairs, they all made it back safely to Union lines, including two who
were aided by slaves and Union sympathizers and two who floated down the
Chattahoochee River until they were eventually rescued by the Union
blockade vessel USS Somerset.
5. Andrews and all 21 of his men were caught by the Confederates.
What happened to Andrews and seven of his men?
- Hung as spies
- Sent to prison camp
- Escaped to New Orleans
6. When did Parrott and his fellow raiders received their Medal of
- August 4, 1866
- March 25, 1863
- July 20, 1864
7. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1863 after the
Battle of Stones River and as a first lieutenant in 1864. When was he
made a first lieutenant?
8. What did Parrott do after the war?
- Train engineer
- Cabinet maker
- Army officer
9. What was Parrott's cause of death?
- Angina pectoris
- Cardiac arrest
10. Where was Jacob Parrott buried?
- Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Ohio
- Grove Cemetery, Kenton, Ohio
- Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, Oregon