John F. Weston
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Born: November 13, 1845(1845-11-13)
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Died: August 3, 1917 (aged 71)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Major
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Unit: 4th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry
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Awards: Medal of Honor
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John F. Weston (November 13, 1845 – August 3, 1917) was a Union Army officer in the American Civil War and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during a raid on Confederate shipping.

Biography[edit | edit source]

A native of Kentucky, Weston served during the war as a major in the 4th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry. On April 13, 1865, he participated in a raid to destroy Confederate supply boats near Wetumpka, Alabama. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor several decades later, on April 9, 1898.[1]

Weston died at age 71 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Weston's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

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.[1]

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