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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Jun 2021 9:51 p.m. PST

Jacob Parrott was a U.S. soldier who participated in the legendary Civil War mission popularly known as the Great Locomotive Race. His bravery as a member of the Union crew that stole a Confederate train led to recognition as the nation's first Medal of Honor recipient.

Now, Parrott's story is told in "Medal of Honor: Jacob Parrott," the latest issue of the Association of the United States Army's graphic novel series…


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2021 7:04 a.m. PST

An Ohio boy, originally with the 33rd Ohio Infantry.

stecal Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2021 8:26 a.m. PST

Stolen? That would indicate a criminal activity. You mean he captured the train from the enemy in an act of war.

donlowry17 Jun 2021 8:52 a.m. PST

Pretty sure it was called the Great Locomotive Chase, nor race.

And what other kinds of soldiers are there besides "army soldier"?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2021 12:55 p.m. PST

DonL – our USMC members will take umbrage, but I
have seen a Marine's records (he served in the SpanAm
War and retired in 1921).

Included in the record collection were several
recommendations by different officers as to his
suitability for re-enlistment.

In three of them, he was referred to as 'an excellent


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2021 8:34 p.m. PST

That's ok. I saw a YouTube Reddit post that talked about a Navy Soldier. That was my first clue that Reddit is 90% Creative Writing.

donlowry18 Jun 2021 9:31 a.m. PST

I would have thought that a Marine would be insulted if you called him a soldier.

Bill N18 Jun 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

Stolen? That would indicate a criminal activity.

They moved through Confederate territory by passing themselves off as pro-Confederate civilians. They boarded the train by passing themselves off as civilians. After taking possession of the train they tried to pass themselves off as railroad personnel engaged in a military mission for the Confederacy. The criminal activity base is fairly well covered.

Also it wasn't Andrews and his raiders who had to switch trains. It was the W&ARR's conductor Fuller who did that. In the course of the chase Fuller went on foot, by handcar and used three locomotives with the last one running backwards.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2021 6:35 a.m. PST

"I would have thought that a Marine would be insulted if you called him a soldier."

We are. :-)

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