Freedom Wall

JACOB PARROTT
Freedom Wall FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio
Brick plate # ER014
Brick location Column E, Row 4
Date of birth 07/17/1843
Deceased date 12/22/1908
Branch of service
Army

Rank Private

Years served Unknown
Separation N/A
Wars/Conflicts/Other  
United States Civil War 1861-1865

Medals/Honors  
FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR
Comments  
Parrott was a native of Fairfield County, Ohio. He joined the United States Army in 1861 as a private in Company K, 33rd Ohio Infantry and first saw combat in the Battle of Ivy Hill. In April 1862, he volunteered to take part in a daring raid with 21 others (later known as "Andrews Raiders" because they operated under the command of James J. Andrews). After infiltrating Confederate lines and hijacking the locomotive "General," they were captured and imprisoned. Parrott and 14 others managed to escape, but only 6 of them reached friendly lines. He served with the Union Army for the rest of the war. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1863 after the Battle of Stones River and as a first lieutenant in 1864. After the war, he returned to Ohio and became a cabinet maker. Parrott died in Kenton, Ohio, where he is buried in Grove Cemetery.
Inscription PVT JACOB PARROT OHIO INF AWARDED 3/25/1863 FIRST MEDAL OF HONOR