Marion Anderson is the only person from Howard County who has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He enlisted to fight in the Civil War with the 51st Indiana Volunteer Infantry on Dec. 14, 1861. He was 22 when he was named 1st sergeant for Company D, and would go on to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Nashville on Dec. 16, 1864. The citation for his medal reads "Led his regiment over 5 lines of the enemy's works, where he fell, severely wounded.” Despite his wounds, he served through the end of the conflict, and resigned his commission on June 16, 1865, having fought and led men in the field for over three years. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
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