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Haskins in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John A. Wilson

 
 
John A. Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2009
1. John A. Wilson Marker
Inscription. Born July 25, 1832, near Worthington, Ohio, John Alf Wilson lived at this site. At the age of 29, he enlisted in C. Company, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry under General O.M. Mitchell. General Mitchell consented to a dangerous mission led by John Andrews to cripple Confederate supply lines. Alf Wilson was one of 22 men who volunteered to steal a train and destroy track and railroad bridges and cut telegraph wires on the route through Georgia to Chattanooga. The "Andrews Raiders" boarded the train in Marietta, Georgia, and seized the engine, The General, at Big Shanty. Its crew and Confederate soldiers pursued The General until it gave out before reaching Chattanooga. Eventually, all the Raiders were captured. Several, including Wilson, escaped from prison, while Andrews and seven men were tried as spies and hung. Wilson was captured again before returning to Wood County. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1863.
 
Erected 2003 by Haskins Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-87.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 27.975′ N, 83° 42.325′ W. Marker is in
John A. Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2009
2. John A. Wilson Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground and the home that John A. Wilson lived in, in the background.
Haskins, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on North Findlay Street (Ohio Route 64), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the small rural community of Haskins, Ohio, on the main north and south artery through the the town, North Findlay Street (State Route 64. It is situated just north of the business district in a residential neighborhood, on the west side of the street, in front of a small white framed house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 North Findlay Street, Bowling Green OH 43402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Miamis Reserve/Miltonville (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge / Roche De Bout/Roche De Boeuf (approx. 1.9 miles away); Maumee Indian Mission (approx. 2 miles away); Bowling Green Fault (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Fort Deposit / Roche de Boeuf (approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing); The First Presbyterian Mission in the Maumee Valley (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Deposit / Roche de Bout (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Columbian House (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Regarding John A. Wilson. John A. Wilson volunteered to become a member of Andrews Raiders and received the Congressional Medal of Honor as a result of the service that he performed during that
John A. Wilson Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2006
3. John A. Wilson Gravestone
View of John A. Wilson's tombstone in nearby Union Hill, Ohio, located at N41.25.450 and W083.39.792.
military action. He is buried in nearby Union Hill, Ohio, about 3.6 miles away, to the southeast, as the crow flies.
 
Also see . . .  Private John Alfred Wilson. This link is part of the Great Locomotive web site which claims to be, "the definitive story on the Andrews Raid - April 12, 1862." (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. HeroesWar, US Civil
 
John A. Wilson Gavestones image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2006
4. John A. Wilson Gavestones
View of John A. Wilson's gravestones in nearby Union Hill, Ohio, located at N41.25.450 and W083.39.792.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,282 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 1, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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