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 William Joseph Sperry

William Joseph Sperry

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Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death 3 Mar 1914 (aged 73)
Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Burial Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 23051 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered Civil War service soon after the start of the war, being mustered in as a Private in Company E, 1st Vermont (Three-Month) Volunteer Infantry on May 9, 1861. He served through the engagement at Big Bethel, Virginia in June 1861, and was mustered out when his enlistment expired on August 15, 1861. On October 15, 1861 he was mustered in as a Sergeant in Company E, 6th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and served continually through the war, receiving promotions to 2nd Lieutenant on August 21, 1862, 1st Lieutenant on March 3, 1863, Captain on August 8, 1864, and to Major on January 7, 1865. At the October 19, 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, he assumed command of the regiment when he became the senior unwounded officer. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the final Union Army assaults on Confederate positions at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865. His citation reads "With the assistance of a few men, captured 2 pieces of artillery and turned them upon the enemy". Brevetted Lieutenant Colonel, US Volunteers to date from April 2, 1865, he was appointed full Lieutenant Colonel on June 4, 1865, but was mustered out on June 26, 1865 before the rank could become official. His Medal was awarded to him on August 12, 1892.

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  • Added: 13 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23051
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Joseph Sperry (28 Dec 1840–3 Mar 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23051, citing Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .