CHATTANOOGA, Tn — Saturday. March 25, is Medal of Honor day.
In the Price of Freedom the story of two men who did not receive the Medal Of Honor.
Though many believe they should have, and for the last several years there has been a push to make sure these men are honored.
Brad Quinlin has written or co-written 24 books, and he's written a lot about one piece of local history
"In 1862, the Union army is in Alabama," Quinlin said.
That union general had a plan.
"He wanted to attack, and take over Chattanooga, its important rail-lines, its river."
The Tennessee River like everything has changed a lot since the 1860's.
"The rivers they had gunboats that they could float up and down. Supplies would move very quickly," Quinlin said.
If the Union could stop the trains from supplying the troops in city that could help them take Chattanooga and gain control of the river..
In 1862, 24 men called Andrew's Raiders stole a train in Marietta Georgia. Their goal was to destroy the railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga.
"Well, everything fell apart very quickly," Quinlin said.
Most of Andrew's Raiders were eventually captured, some were executed.
19 of were awarded The Medal of Honor including the first ever awarded.
Two soldiers were never honored, Phillip G. Shadrach and George D. Wilson. It's unclear why Shadrach and Wilson were never honored.
"Both men participated in every aspect of this event, and they were hung June 18, 1862," Quinlin said.
Shadrack and Wilson were buried in Atlanta then exhumed and moved to Chattanooga National Cemetery in 1866.
Brad Quinlin says 11 years ago he met Shadrach's great, great nephew.
"He said. 'I've been trying to get the medals for Shadrach and Wilson for 4 years now,'" Quinlin said. "Will you help me get these medals?"
They've been working on this for years and now the packet is now at the Pentagon, and the families and all who've worked on this continue to wait.
There is an event at Medal of Honor Heritage Center to in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday to mark Medal Of Honor day.
The event will begin promptly at 11AM.