William Wells

William Wells (HMA3C)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.088', W 77° 14.716'

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Brevet Major General U.S. Volunteers

— 1837 - 1892 —

William Wells
Brevet Major General U.S. Vols.
1837 - 1892
First Lieut. Co. E. 1st Vermont Cavalry Oct. 14 1861
Captain Co. C. Nov. 18 1861
Major Dec. 30 1862
Colonel July 2 1864
Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Vols. Feb. 22 1865
Brevet Major General U.S. Vols.
"For gallant and meritorious services" March 13 1865
Brigadier General U.S. Vols. May 19 1865
Honorably mustered out Jan. 15 1866
Once wounded and once a prisoner
Awarded Medal of Honor for "most distinguished
gallantry at Gettysburg" July 3 1863
Commander of Sheridan's Cavalry Corps

At 5 p.m. July 3 the 2nd Battalion 1st Vermont Cavalry led by Major William Wells, General Farnsworth commanding the brigade riding by his side crossed Plum Run near this point charging over stone walls amid rocks and through woods till they encountered five regiments of Law's Confederate Brigade near the spot where the regimental monument stands.

The 1st Battalion and part of the 3rd Lt. Col. A.W. Preston commanding were ordered to the support of the 2nd moved northerly to the Slyder house turned into the lane and struck Law's Brigade in the flank the onset was terrific sabres and bayonets revolvers and muskets being freely used after a struggle the hill was carried by the 1st Vermont and the prisoners captured sent to the rear.

The three battalions united soon came under the fire of the 4th Alabama Infantry and presently of the 9th Georgia Infantry finding no exit to the south they turned to the east and charged the 15th Alabama Infantry which answered a summons to surrender by a destructive musketry fire. Those unhurt escaping mostly to the south.

This memorial signalizes the valor of the officers and the men of the First Vermont Cavalry who here paid to the nation the uttermost tribute of devotion.
HM NumberHMA3C
Year Placed1913
Placed ByState of Vermont
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307735 N 4406283
Decimal Degrees39.78480000, -77.24526667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.088', W 77° 14.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 5.28" N, 77° 14' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36 S Confederate Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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