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Near Wetumpka, Alabama, nineteen year Union Major John F. Weston, a future general, wins the Medal of Honor

Civil War Battle, iconic image
During the final days of the Union campaign in Alabama, federal troops recived information of a group of riverboats moving a significant amount of supplies salvaged from the fall of Montgomery to Confederate troops operating further up the Coosa River, near Wetumka, Alabama.  A small detachment of Kentucky troops under nineteen year-old Major John F. Weston swam the river, overpowered the guards, and took the vessels into Union hands.  Weston later was awarded the Medal of Honor for his exploit. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Jerry Keenan, Wilson's Cavalry Corps: Union Campaigns in the Western Theatre, October 1864 through Spring, 1865 (Jerrerson, NC: McFarland and Company, 1998), np.