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 William Henry Powell

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William Henry Powell

  • Birth 10 May 1825 Pontypool, Torfaen, Wales
  • Death 26 Dec 1904 Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Section N, Lot 284
  • Memorial ID 5896653

Civil War Union Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. At the start of the Civil War, he was commissioned Captain in command of a company in the 2nd Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry. With the West Virginia Cavalry, he rose to the rank of Colonel in command of operations against the Confederates in West Virginia and Virginia. Promoted Brigadier General in 1864, in a skirmish at Wytheville, Virginia, he was badly wounded, captured and taken prisoner to Libby Prison, Richmond. Toward the end of the war, he was prisoner exchanged for a son of General Robert E. Lee and released. For his service to the Union, he was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers. After the war, he was elected commander of the Society of the Army of West Virginia. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Sinking Creek, Virginia on November 26, 1862.

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  • Added: 27 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5896653
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Powell (10 May 1825–26 Dec 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5896653, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .