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William Wells

  • Rank: Major (Highest Rank: Brevet Major General)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    2nd Battalion,
    1st Vermont Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 3, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Led the second battalion of his regiment in a daring charge.

Medal of Honor Recipient William Wells
Medal of Honor Recipient William Wells
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 8, 1891
  • Born: December 14, 1837, Waterbury, Washington County, VT, United States
  • Died: April 29, 1892, New York, NY, United States
  • Buried: Lakeview Cemetery (J-20), Burlington, VT, United States

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