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William Bensinger and John R. Porter

In Memory of

 

— Ohio Historical Marker —

 
William Bensinger and John R. Porter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 4, 2009
1. William Bensinger and John R. Porter Marker
Inscription.  [Marker Front]:

In Memory of
William Bensinger and John R. Porter


...who are buried here. They joined the famous Andrews Raid to wreck Confederate supply lines. The raiders captured a locomotive, "The General," at Big Shanty, Georgia, on April 12, 1862. Pvt. Porter missed the great locomotive chase which followed. Pvt. Bensinger was aboard when "The General" ran out of fuel and was captured. Both received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

[Marker Reverse]:

THE ANDREWS RAIDERS

Hanged by the Confederates, June, 1862
James J. Andrews
William M. Campbell
Samuel
William Bensinger and John R. Porter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
2. William Bensinger and John R. Porter Marker
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Robertson
Marion A. Ross
John M. Scott
Charles P. Shadrach
Samuel Slavens
George D. Wilson

Escaped October 16, 1862
Wilson W. Brown
Daniel A. Dorsey
Martin J. Hawkins
William J. Knight
John R. Porter
John A. Wilson
John Wollam
Mark Wood

Paroled March 17, 1863
William Bensinger
Robert Buffum
Elihu H. Mason
Jacob Parrott
William Pittenger
William H. Reddick

Discovered before the raid
James Smith
Samuel Llewellyn

 
Erected 1965 by The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-32.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients
William Bensinger and John R. Porter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
3. William Bensinger and John R. Porter Marker
View of historical marker as seen next to veteran memorial with union soldier statue.
, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 17, 1817.
 
Location. 41° 6.42′ N, 83° 48.111′ W. Marker is in McComb, Ohio, in Hancock County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (Ohio Route 613) 0.2 miles from Rader Road. This historical marker is located in the McComb cemetery on the western outskirts of McComb, Ohio. There is a statue of a Union soldier that is part of a veterans memorial adjacent to the historical marker in the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Comb OH 45858, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War I and II Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); McComb (within shouting distance of this marker); McComb Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance
William Bensinger and John R. Porter City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
4. William Bensinger and John R. Porter City Marker
View of a city marker that featured Bensinger and Porter in the foreground of the picture with Bensinger's grave site (featuring it's own flagpole) in the left background of the picture.
of this marker); McComb First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. half a mile away); The Village of McComb (approx. 0.9 miles away); Indian Green / McKinnis-Litzenberg Farmstead (approx. 3.8 miles away); Indian Green Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McComb.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pvt. William Bensinger. This web link was both published and made available by, "The Great Locomotive Chase" web page. (Submitted on June 19, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Pvt. John Reed Porter. This web link was both published
William Bensinger's Grave Site Markers image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
5. William Bensinger's Grave Site Markers
Bensinger's grave site markers in foreground and Porter's grave site markers in the left background. Both grave sites feature flag poles with Civil War era flags.
and made available by, "The Great Locomotive Chase" web page. (Submitted on June 19, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. The Great Locomotive Chase Links. A collection of links regarding the Andrews Raiders and the Great Locomotive Chase. (Submitted on June 19, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
John R. Porter Grave Site Markers image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
6. John R. Porter Grave Site Markers
View of Porter's grave site markers and featuring the grave site's own individual flag pole with Civil War era flag.
John R. Porter's Grave image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 4, 2009
7. John R. Porter's Grave
View of both Porter's gravestone and his Medal of Honor plaque (and base of the flagstaff that is located at his grave).
John R. Porter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 4, 2009
8. John R. Porter Marker
Closeup of Porter's Medal of Honor plaque
William Bensinger Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington
9. William Bensinger Gravestone
William Bensinger Grave image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington
10. William Bensinger Grave
View of both Bensinger's gravestone and his Medal of Honor plaque (and base of the flagstaff that is located at his grave).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,709 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7, 8. submitted on July 1, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   9, 10. submitted on June 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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