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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Othello Wilson

1867 - 1928

 

—Military Figure —

 
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By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
1. William Othello Wilson Marker
Inscription. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Wilson enlisted in the 9th U.S. Cavalry (“Buffalo Soldiers”) in 1889. on December 30,1890 (the day after the battle of Wounded Knee), Corporal Wilson was in a party escorting a supply train when they learned of the battle several miles away. Wilson was part of a small detail that was left to escort the slow moving wagons. The wagons were later attacked by a party of Sioux warriors. When scouts refused to carry dispatches seeking help from other units, Wilson stated “lieutenant, I will carry that dispatch.” Riding hard and pursued most of the way, Wilson reached reinforcements and help was sent to the endangered supply train. For this act, Wilson received the last medal of honor earned on American soil.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 37.943′ N, 77° 43.4′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from West Memorial Boulevard. Touch for map. This marker is part of the Hagerstown Circle of Achievement in Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Kennedy (here,
William Othello Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
2. William Othello Wilson Marker
This marker is third from the top on the second panel.
next to this marker); Matthias Peter Möller (here, next to this marker); John V. Jamison, Sr. and John V. Jamison Jr. (here, next to this marker); Mary Lemist Titcomb (here, next to this marker); William Preston Lane, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Peter Buys (here, next to this marker); Henry Kyd Douglas (here, next to this marker); Maurice Edward Frock (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. African AmericansWars, US Indian
 
William Othello Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
3. William Othello Wilson Marker
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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