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Kenton in Hardin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Jacob Parrott

 
 
Jacob Parrott Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Drabik, July 18, 2007
1. Jacob Parrott Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of
Jacob Parrott
buried here. Born July 17, 1843 in Fairfield County, Ohio. Died December 22, 1908. At 18 he enlisted in Company K, 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was the youngest member of the famous Andrews Raid. The raiders seized “The General” locomotive at Big Shanty, Georgia, April 12, 1862. Captured and later exchanged, Parrott was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, March 25, 1863.
 
Erected 1987 by The Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Doug Byrum, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-33.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 38.683′ N, 83° 35.258′ W. Marker is in Kenton, Ohio, in Hardin County. Marker is on Ohio Route 309 east of Jacob Parrot Rd. (Ohio Route 171), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kenton OH 43326, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hardin County Ohio Civil War Soldier Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Hardin County New Veterans Memorial
Jacob Parrott Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
2. Jacob Parrott Marker
(about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hardin County Korean War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Hardin County Viet Nam Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Hardin County War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Hardin County Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); "The Liberty Garden" (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Hardin County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kenton.
 
More about this marker. Located at the edge of St. Mary’s/Grove Cemetery.
 
Regarding Jacob Parrott. Jacob Parrott’s grave stone can be found in the cemetery a short distance due north from the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stealing the General. 2007 book by Russell S. Bonds on Amazon.com. “The true story of the boldest adventure of the Civil War.” “On April 12, 1262—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James
Jabob Parrott grave stone image. Click for full size.
By Richard Drabik, July 18, 2007
3. Jabob Parrott grave stone
Jacob Parrott, 1843–1908, Lieut. Co. K 33 Reg. Div. I.; and Sarah E., His Wife, 1845–1911. Lieut. Parrott was honored by Congress with the first medal issued for Distinguished Bravery.
J. Andrews and nineteen infantry volunteers infiltrated North Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds approaching sixty miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and matériel from the Confederate forces in Virginia. ... But the General’s young conductor, William A. Fuller, chased the stolen train first on foot, then by handcar, and finally aboard another engine...” (Submitted on August 8, 2007.) 

2. The General. 1926 feature-length motion picture by Buster Keaton is an Amazon.com “essential video.” “Consistently ranked among the best films ever made, Keaton’s The General is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing. Rejected by the Confederate Army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marian Mack), young Johnnie Gray (Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with his cherished locomotive.” (Submitted on August 8, 2007.) 
 
Additional keywords. The Great Locomotive Chase
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Former Kenton Corporate Limit Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
4. Former Kenton Corporate Limit Marker
On Hardin County courthouse grounds.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,224 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 8, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio.   2. submitted on October 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 8, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio.   4. submitted on October 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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