Virginia Marker Ceremony To Honor Youngest Medal Of Honor Recipient

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CHARLES CITY, Va. — The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks will dedicate a marker honoring 11-year-old Willie Johnston, the country’s youngest Medal of Honor recipient, in June at 150th anniversary commemorations of the Seven Days Battles and the first playing of Taps.

The marker will be dedicated at Harrison’s Landing on Berkley Plantation during the weekend of June 23, 24 as part of the TAPS 150 event (see April issue story).

Johnston was born to English immigrants who settled in New York state in the 1840s. His mother died shortly after his July 12, 1850, birth. Father William Johnston moved the family to Montreal, Canada, where he remarried, and then moved to northern Vermont....

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