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John Wallace Scott
Born August 31, 1832
Died May 12, 1903
Place of birth Chester County, Pennsylvania
Buried at Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Captain
Unit Pennsylvania Company D, 157th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Five Forks
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Captain John Wallace Scott (August 31, 1832 – May 12, 1903) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Scott received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Scott's medal was won for capturing the flag at the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia on April 1, 1865.[1] He was honored with the award on April 27, 1865.[2]

Scott was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain (Infantry) John Wallace Scott, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 1 April 1865, while serving with Company D, 157th Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Five Forks, Virginia, for capture of the flag of the 16th South Carolina Infantry, in hand-to-hand combat.[1]

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