William Mackey Wherry

William Mackey Wherry

Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 3 Nov 1918 (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 51, Lot 627
Memorial ID 18446 · View Source
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US Army Brigadier General, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award on October 30, 1895 for his actions as a 1st lieutenant in the 3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry, US Army on August 10, 1861 at the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Missouri, during the early part of the American Civil War. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he joined the Union Army following the outbreak of the American Civil War in April 1861. He served as an aide-de-camp to Union Army Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed in action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, the first Union general to die in the War. Later, he served as a major on the staff of Union General John Schofield. After the War, he remained in the Army, serving as a brevet colonel at Headquarters, 1st Military District in Richmond, Virginia, and later on the Western frontier. During the Spanish-American War, he became as commander of the 2nd Infantry and later the 8th Infantry. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers in September 1898, he was discharged from that position two months later and became a brigadier general in the Regular Army in January 1899, finally retiring two weeks later with 38 years of military service. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 82. His Medal of Honor citation simply says: "Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire."

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