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Wapakoneta in Auglaize County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

State of Ohio, Auglaize County

 
 
United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
1. United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Marker
Inscription.  
United States of America
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
State of Ohio, Auglaize County
Civil War
Cpl Christian Schnell Mississippi 1863

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: HeroesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 40° 34.131′ N, 84° 11.645′ W. Marker is in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker is at the intersection of Willipie Street and Mechanic Street, on the left when traveling north on Willipie Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wapakoneta OH 45895, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wapakoneta All Wars Memorial (here, next to this marker); Auglaize County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); United States of America Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipents (a few steps from this marker); The Auglaize County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance Tree (within
United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
2. United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Marker
Marker is to right of Ohio state flag flagpole and stop sign. Auglaize County courthouse in background.
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shouting distance of this marker); Five Fun Facts About Neil Armstrong & Wapakoneta (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dudley Nichols (about 600 feet away); The John H. Nichols House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wapakoneta.
 
Also see . . .  Grant's Second Assault on Vicksburg. The May 22, 1863 assault on the Vicksburg defenses was better prepared than previous attempts, but was driven back after some initial success. From the Vicksburg National Battlefield Park site. (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Corporal Christian Schnell
Schnell was a member of the 37th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at the time serving as part of General Grant's army besieging Vicksburg, Mississippi. On May 22, 1863, Grant ordered a massive assault on the Confederate fortifications around Vicksburg. Schnell led one of many advanced parties sent out in advance of the main force, with orders to clear obstacles. While successful at some points, the assault failed overall, with over 3,000 Federals killed, wounded, or captured. Ninety-seven Medals
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of Honor were awarded for actions on that day, the highest single day total in the history of the medal. Schnell's medal was awarded in 1894. The citation read, "Gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party." Schnell died in 1908.
    — Submitted October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,974 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Jan. 27, 2023