b. 13/09/1836 St Louis, Missouri. d. 03/11/1918 Cincinnati, Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 10/08/1861 Wilson's Creek, Missouri.
Wherry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He served on the frontier against the Indians and during the Spanish–American War. Wherry retired at the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. Wherry is the author of "Lyon's Campaign in Missouri". While serving in the American Civil War, as a First Lieutenant of Company D, 3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry and aide-de-camp to Nathaniel Lyon. Wherry received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. Wherry's Medal of Honor was issued after the war on October 30, 1895 with the citation "Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire".
After the Civil War, Wherry served as a Brevet Colonel while assigned to Headquarters First Military District in Richmond, Virginia. Wherry was promoted to lieutenant colonel, Second United States Infantry on 29 December 1894. At the onset of the Spanish–American War he took command of the 2nd Infantry when regimental commander Col John C. Bates was promoted to brigadier general of an Independent Brigade consisting of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and 20th Infantry Regiment. He commanded the regiment until he was promoted to colonel of the 8th Infantry on 30 August 1898.
Wherry was appointed brigadier general of volunteers September 21, 1898 and discharged from the volunteers on November 30, 1898. Wherry was appointed brigadier general in the Regular Army on January 7, 1899 and retired on January 18, 1899.
Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire.
BURIAL LOCATION: BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY, ST LOUIS, MISSOURI.
Block 51, Lot 627
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