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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 10/05/1825 Pontypool, Wales.  d. 26/12/1904 Belleville, Illinois.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 26/11/1862 Sinking Creek, Virginia.

 

At the start of the Civil War, he was commissioned Captain in command of a company in the 2nd Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry. With the West Virginia Cavalry, he rose to the rank of Colonel in command of operations against the Confederates in West Virginia and Virginia. Promoted Brigadier General in 1864, in a skirmish at Wytheville, Virginia, he was badly wounded, captured and taken prisoner to Libby Prison, Richmond. Toward the end of the war, he was prisoner exchanged for a son of General Robert E. Lee and released. For his service to the Union, he was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers. After the war, he was elected commander of the Society of the Army of West Virginia. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Sinking Creek, Virginia on November 26, 1862.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Distinguished services in raid, where with 20 men, he charged and captured the enemy's camp, 500 strong, without the loss of man or gun.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: GRACELAND CEMETERY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

Section N, Lot 284

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Powell

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