(Updated) Medal of Honor memorial erected PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Monday, 05 November 2012 11:16
A century and half after their acts of heroism during the Civil War, six soldiers from Wood County will be honored with a monument erected on the grounds of the county courthouse.
On Saturday, a monument will be unveiled during a 1 p.m. ceremony honoring the county’s Medal of Honor recipients — all Civil War soldiers. The new six-foot high granite monument will join the others already honoring veterans of other American wars.
“It was what was missing in our courthouse monuments for veterans,” said Mary Hanna, executive director of the Wood County Veterans Assistance Center.
The new stone is located in the center of the other memorials — which is appropriate, according to Hanna.
“It is the highest honor that can be bestowed on our military,” she said.
Five of the six Civil War soldiers who received the Medal of Honor were part of the famed Andrew’s Raiders. Wilson W. Brown, Robert Buffum, Elihu H. Mason, John A. Wilson and Mark Wood were members of the 21st Ohio Infantry. They were among the Union soldiers who penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a train at Big Shanty, Ga. The soldiers attempted to destroy the railroad bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
The other Wood County soldier to receive the Medal of Honor was Charles A. Thompson. He was recognized for his heroism after his regiment was surrounded in Spotsylvania, Va. Though all resistance seemed useless, according to his citation, he fought single-handedly for the colors and refused to give them up.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, making the memorial dedication especially significant, Hanna said. As usual at the county’s Veterans Day service, Civil War re-enactors will be present.
“This is a fitting way to do it,” said Hanna, whose budget at the Wood County Veterans Assistance Center paid for the memorial.
So far, the six Civil War soldiers are the only Wood County residents to be bestowed with the Medal of Honor. The monument is designed to have space for more names, Hanna said.
“There’s room to add to it if we have any more,” she said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:15

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