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William Wells

  • Birth 14 Dec 1837 Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 29 Apr 1892 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
  • Plot Section J, Lot 20
  • Memorial ID 22669

Civil War Union Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted as a Private in the 1st Vermont Volunteer Cavalry. He would participate in all of his units battles in the Virginia Theatre, and would rise to Colonel and commander of the regiment. While a Major during the Battle of Gettysburg, he led his men in General Judson Kilpatrick's foolish cavalry charge against Confederate lines at the tail end of the Battle. For his bravery in this action he would receive the CMOH 28 years later. He commanded a detachment of cavalry in the failed and controversial Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in March 1864, and became the 1st Vermont's commander in June 1864 following the death in battle of its previous Colonel. During the fighting led by General Phil Sheridan, he commanded a brigade of cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley and at the Battles of 3rd Winchester and Cedar Creek. He was still in command of his brigade at the conclusion of the Appomattox Campaign. After being brevetted Brigadier General and Major General, US Volunteers, he was promoted on May 19, 1865 to full rank Brigadier General, US Volunteers. He was mustered out of Army service in 1866. His Medal of Honor citation simply reads "Led the second battalion of his regiment in a daring charge", and his Medal was issued on September 9, 1891. On July 3, 1913 a statue of him was dedicated in the Gettysburg National Military Park, and it stands today on the South Confederate Avenue, near Plum Run.

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  • Added: 7 Jun 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Wells (14 Dec 1837–29 Apr 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22669, citing Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .