b. 1849 Brooklyn, New York. d. 24/01/1903 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/08/1877 Big Hole, Montana.
William D. Edwards was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1849. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to frontier duty with the 7th U.S. Infantry. Stationed at Fort Missoula, fought in several campaigns against Indians during the mid-1870s. He won particular distinction in the Nez Perce War and, on August 9, 1877, was cited for "bravery in action" against Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce at the Battle of Big Hole. He was among of six soldiers who received the Medal of Honor, the other men being Sergeants Patrick Rogan and Milden Wilson, Privates Wilfred Clark and Lorenzo Brown, and musician John McLennon, on December 2, 1878.
Bravery in action.
BURIAL LOCATION: US SOLDIER'S AND AIRMEN CEMETERY, WASHINGTON DC
Section K Grave 7023
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