The First Medal of Honor | December 1861

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“Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittam saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’” Joshua 2:1

The Medal of Honor was first authorized by Congress in December 1861 specifically for the Department of the Navy, but within two months it was adapted for Army recipients as well. The medal is now bestowed on individuals serving in any branch of the armed forces who have performed a personal act of valor above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy force.

The first man to receive the Medal of Honor was an Army private, Jacob Parrott, Company K, 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Private Parrott and roughly two dozen other soldiers from various companies volunteered to be part of a group of spies who would go deep behind enemy lines to destroy the railroad bridges and tear up the tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. They were led by a civilian spy, James J. Andrews.

They traded in their uniforms for civilian clothes however they were still Army men. 

After stealing a Locomotive and boxcars from Big Shanty, Georgia, where the train made a scheduled breakfast stop, they began their adventure south stopping to tear track and cut telegraph lines. They didn’t count on the remarkable courage and fortitude of the train’s conductor, Robert Fuller, who ran after the “train thieves”. Fuller ran  down the tracks, took a hand car, and eventually commandeered another train on his line to track them down – before they could do any real damage. The train ran out of fuel nearing the Tennessee Georgia border and the men had to make a run for it. They were captured and most of them were hanged. Parrott was returned to the Union in a prisoner exchange in March of 1863 where he was awarded the first Congressional Medal of Honor. Shortly thereafter, 5 of his comrades on that raid were also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. James J. Andrews and William Fuller were not military men, they were civilians fighting for their cause.

Daily Battle Order: These men were all fighting for what they believed in. The soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The leader of the group, James Andrews and the conductor, Robert Fuller received no medals but were fighting for what they believed in as well. As a Kingdom Man what mission have you volunteered for? What cause are you fighting for? Are you ready to go above and beyond the call of duty against the enemy? To give your last full measure of devotion.

“I am a Kingdom Man. Like Joshua, I will be strong and courageous. I will train my mind and body for the battles to come. I will discipline my heart, eyes, and tongue to be steadfast and faithful of the calling on my life.”   Excerpt from the TJC Creed

Kingdom Men, we will be mustering at Fredericksburg Battlefield on June 25-26. Friday-Sunday; for those able to participate Saturday only, you will receive the benefits of the TJC Battlefield training. Let’s “PRE-DECIDE” to train together! Make the Victorious Road the only option!

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