About Private John Wollam (USA)
Participated in the Great Locomotive Chase, or Andrews' Raid, a military raid that occurred April 12, 1862 in northern Georgia during the American Civil War.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John Wollam, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on April, 1862, while serving with Company G, 21st Ohio Infantry, in action during the Andrew's Raid in Georgia. Private Wollam was one of the 19 of 22 men (including two civilians), who, by direction of General Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia, and attempted to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
General Orders: Date of Issue: July 20, 1864
Action Date: April, 1862
Company: Company C
Division: 33d Ohio Infantry