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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Wells

Brevet Major General U.S. Volunteers

 

1837 - 1892

 
William Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, circa 2001
1. William Wells Marker
Inscription. (Left):
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

(Right):
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
Left Side Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Left Side Plaque
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.
 
Erected 1913 by State of Vermont.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.088′ N, 77° 14.716′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on South Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located between Bushman Hill and Big Round Top in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farnsworth's Cavalry Charge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wounded and the Dead (about 500 feet away); Battery E, Fourth U.S. Artillery
Right Side Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Right Side Plaque
(about 600 feet away); 5th New York Cavalry (about 600 feet away); First Regiment Vermont Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Third Division (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Farnsworth's Charge. National Park Service page discussing the charge. (Submitted on January 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. A Tale of Two Statues. (PDF) The William Wells Statues at Gettysburg, Pa. and Burlington, Vt. (Submitted on January 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Relief on Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Relief on Front of Monument
The relief depicts Farnsworth's Charge
William Wells Statue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. William Wells Statue
Why is a cavalry commander depicted on foot? One word - funding. See link to "Tale of two statues."
Major William Wells Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
6. Major William Wells Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,068 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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