Civil War heroes get long-awaited Medal of Honor recognition

U.S. Army

U.S. Army – Part of a group of 24 Soldiers known as Andrews’ Raiders, Civil War Soldiers Pvt. Philip Gephart Shadrach and Pvt. George Davenport Wilson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism and courage during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.

Each Soldier’s oldest living relative will accept the award during a ceremony at the White House. “To volunteer for a venture they knew little about, and to know if they failed, they would be put to death, makes me realize how dedicated they were,” said Gerald Taylor, Shadrach’s great-great-nephew.”