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Near Toronto in Jefferson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

William Pittenger

Congressional Medal of Honor, 1863

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
1. William Pittenger Marker
Side A
Inscription. Side A
Born in Knoxville in 1840 and reared at a farm in New Somerset, William Pittenger mustered into the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under a 90-day enlistment, in 1861. He fought at the First Battle of Bull Run and was the war correspondent for the Steubenville Herald. After reenlisting, he participated in the ill-fated Andrews Raid of 1862. While attempting to disrupt enemy lines, the raiders stole the Confederate locomotive "The General." After being chased north, they were captured.
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Side B
Eight of the twenty-two captured raiders were executed as spies and the remainder languished in prison. After being paroled in 1863, Pittenger was presented the fifth Congressional Medal of Honor by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He was discharged from the Army due to poor health and returned home to preach at the New Somerset Methodist Church and recount his experiences in several books, including Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure.
 
Erected 2014 by Knox Township Trustees, Jefferson County Commissioners, Pittenger Family, Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 12-41.)
 
Marker series. This marker
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
2. William Pittenger Marker
Side B
is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 29.514′ N, 80° 40.89′ W. Marker is near Toronto, Ohio, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 152 and Ohio Route 213, on the right when traveling east on State Route 152. Touch for map. Located in a small park at the eastern junction of OH 152/213. Marker is in this post office area: Toronto OH 43964, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ohio River / Ohio River (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); New Cumberland (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); Brickyard Bend (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); Captain John Porter / Chelsea China Company (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); Old Town (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); Contested County Seat (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); Gravel Hill Academy (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); a different marker also named Old Town (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia).
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on August 2, 2014
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on William Pittenger. (Submitted on August 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
William Pittenger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
3. William Pittenger Marker
Close up of the "General" photo
The General at Union Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee (circa 1907).

2. William Pittenger at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on August 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
4. William Pittenger Marker
Ohio Civil War 150 logo
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
5. William Pittenger Marker
After the unveiling, surrounded by descendants of William Pittenger and local dignitaries.
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
6. William Pittenger Marker
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
7. William Pittenger Marker
Being unveiled at the dedication ceremony
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
8. William Pittenger Marker
Before the unveiling, the cover is adorned by the 2nd Ohio Voluntary Infantry flag.
Ivy Mountain
Perryville
Stone River
Hoover's Gap
2nd O.V.I.
Chickamauga
Lookout Mountain
Missionary Ridge
William Pittenger Marker Dedication image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 2, 2014
9. William Pittenger Marker Dedication
After the unveiling a 21-Gun salute was performed by Toronto Ohio American Legion Post 86 7
William Pittenger Marker Dedication Ceremony Program image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
10. William Pittenger Marker Dedication Ceremony Program
Outside
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By Mike Wintermantel
11. William Pittenger Marker Dedication Ceremony Program
Inside
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   10, 11. submitted on August 29, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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