WESTON, JOHN F. - Medal of Honor Recipient


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.

Citation:   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.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)