The Bold Civil War Raid That Led To The First-Ever Medal Of Honor

Postcard image of surviving Andrews’ Raiders, 1908, posing in front of the Ohio Monument erected to the men and their feat. Card mislabels Daniel A. Dorsey as “D.A. Dorset.”

The nation’s first Medal of Honor recipient hijacked a Confederate train and sabotaged a vital railroad, with an enemy train in hot pursuit.

Exactly 153 years ago, a band of Union soldiers and two civilians launched an audacious raid to strike deep into Confederate territory, the success or failure of which hinged on an unconventional plan hatched by a civilian smuggler. The April 12, 1862, Andrews’ Raid, also known as The Great Locomotive Chase, is notable as a wild sequence of events where the military’s first-ever Medal of Honor recipients distinguished themselves.
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Image of the Day: 13 April 2015


(April 8, 2009)
An instructor monitors SEAL Qualification Training candidates while they spend five minutes in near freezing water during a re-warming exercise. Candidates completed the re-warming exercise after spending 48 hours in the Alaskan mountains learning how to navigate through the rugged terrain and survive the frigid conditions. The 28-day cold-weather training course, taught in Kodiak, is part of a yearlong process to become a U.S. Navy SEAL.

Photo by Erika N. Manzano