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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.
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

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wapakoneta All Wars Memorial (here, next to this marker); Dudley Nichols (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wapakoneta Heritage Parkway (about 700 feet away); Dayton and Michigan Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Shannon Stock Company (approx. mile away); Wapakoneta (Wapaughkonnetta) (approx. 0.8 miles away); F5D Skylancer (approx. 1.1 miles away); Apollo Command Module and Gemini Spacecraft Mock-ups (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wapakoneta.
 
Also see . . .  Grant's Second Assault on Vicksburg.
United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
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 comments.
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 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.

 
Categories. HeroesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,699 times since then and 72 times this year. 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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