2nd Ohio Infantry - Private William Surles, Company G. In action against Confederate forces at Perryville, Kentucky, on October 8, 1862, Private William Surles displayed uncommon courage and dedication to his commander. During the hottest part of the battle, with no regard for his own safety, Private Surles stepped in front of his colonel to shield him from the fire of the enemy. Surles was born in Steubenville, Ohio on February 24th, 1845, died on March 19th, 1919, and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool, Ohio. His Medal of Honor was issued August 19th, 1891.
Private Surles deserves his own interpretive sign at Perryville as he is only one of two recipients of the CMoH during the Perryville battle.