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Wells, William

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William Wells


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Born: December 14, 1837

Birthplace: Waterbury, Vermont

Father: William W. Wells 1805 – 1869
(Buried: Hope Cemetery, Waterbury, Vermont)​

Mother: Elizabeth Carpenter 1810 – 1873
(Buried: Hope Cemetery, Waterbury, Vermont)​

Wife: Arahana Richardson 1845 – 1905
(Buried: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont)​

Children:

Bertha Richardson Wells Jackson 1873 – 1954​
(Buried: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont)​

Education:

Attended Barre Academy, and Kimball Union Academy​

Occupation before War:

Assistant in his father’s Extensive Business​

Civil War Career:

1861: Enlisted as a Private in Company C, 1st Vermont Cavalry Regt.​
1861: Helped raise Company C, 1st Vermont Cavalry Regiment​
1861: First Lt. of Company C, 1st Vermont Cavalry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Captain Company C, 1st Vermont Cavalry Regiment​
1862: Served in the fighting at Orange Court House, Virginia​
1862 – 1864: Major of 1st Vermont Cavalry Regiment​
1863: Commanded Second Battalion at Battle of Hanover, PA.​
1863: Wounded by Sabra Cut at Battle of Boonsboro, Maryland​
1863: Charged the Confederate artillery at Culpeper Court House, VA.​
1863: Wounded during the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Kilpatrick Raid in Virginia​
1864: Commanded the 7th Michigan Cavalry Regiment for one month​
1864: Cavalry Battalion Commander at Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA.​
1864 – 1865: Colonel of 1st Vermont Cavalry Regiment​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Tom’s Brook, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia​
1865: Brevetted to the rank of Brigadier General​
1865 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army Cavalry​
1865: Served in the raid of Richmond, Virginia​
1865: Served in the last charge at Appomattox Court House, Virginia​
1865: Sheridan called him “My ideal of a cavalry soldier”​
Last ranking officer of Cavalry for the Army of the Potomac​
1865: Commanded Second Cavalry Brigade at Grand Review in D.C.​
1866: Honorably muster out of the Union Army on January 15th

Occupation after War:

Partner in a firm of wholesale druggists in Waterbury, Vermont​
Partner in a firm of Wholesale druggists in Burlington, Vermont​
1866 – 1872: Vermont State Adjutant General​
Collector of Customs in the State of Vermont​
Leader in the Wells Richardson Company in Vermont​
Manufacturer of Paine’s Celery Compound​
Vermont State Senator​
President of Vermont State Reunion Society of Vermont Officers​
1889 – 1890: Member of Gettysburg Commission​
President of Burlington Trust Company​
President of Burlington Gas – Light Company​
Director of Rutland Railroad Company​
Recipient of the Medal of Honor​

Died:
April 29, 1892

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Cause of Death: Angina Pectoris

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Burial Place: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont
 
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