PORTER, JOHN REED
Rank and Organization: Private, Company G, 2 1st Ohio Infantry. Place and
Date: Georgia, April 1862. Entered Service At: Findley, Ohio. Born: 14
November 1838, Delaware County, Ohio. Date Of Issue: September 1863.
One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or
Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad
train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between
Chattanooga and Atlanta.