of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WESTON, JOHN F.
Rank and Organization: Major, 4th Kentucky Cavalry. Place and Date: Near
Wetumpka, Ala., 13 April 1865. Entered Service At: Kentucky. Birth:
Kentucky. Date Of Issue: 9 April 1898.
This officer, with a small detachment, while en route to destroy steamboats loaded with
supplies for the enemy, was stopped by an unfordable river, but with 5 of his men swam the
river, captured 2 leaky canoes, and ferried his men across. He then encountered and
defeated the enemy, and on reaching Wetumpka found the steamers anchored in midstream. By
a ruse obtained possession of a boat, with which he reached the steamers and demanded and
received their surrender.
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