Showing posts from February, 2019

Mark Wood: Medal of Honor Recipient of the 21st Ohio Infantry

Exciting news today from Orlando, Florida where the Medal of Honor presented to Corporal Mark Wood of Co. C, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry was discovered in a home under renovation in Florida. Corporal Wood was a member of Andrews' Raiders, a group of Union soldiers dispatched on a mission in April 1862 to go behind Confederate lines into northern Georgia. Their mission was to destroy railroad bridges leading north from Atlanta to Chattanooga. The mission was ultimately a failure: the Raiders were captured and eight of them, including their leader James Andrews of Kentucky, were executed. Corporal Wood, in company with his Co. C comrade John "Alf" Wilson, made their escape back to Union lines.  Lieutenant Mark Wood from a photo dating from 1864- note that he is wearing the Medal of Honor in this image.  His Medal of Honor citation reads:  "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor t