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Civil War Soldiers - Wells

Wells, William, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Waterbury, Vt., Dec. 14, 1837. He received an academic education in Vermont and New Hampshire and engaged in commercial business. In Sept., 1861, he enlisted in the 1st Vt. cavalry as a private, was chosen first lieutenant Oct. 14, and captain Nov. 18 of the same year. On Oct. 30 1862, he was promoted major, took part in the Shenandoah campaign with Gen. Banks and in the Virginia campaign with Gen. Pope, after which he served in the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac till Aug., 1864, when he was detailed to duty in the Shenandoah valley under Gen. Sheridan, but returned to the Army of the Potomac in March, 1865. During his connection with the latter army he commanded the 2nd brigade, 3rd cavalry division, and for some time the division. From June, 1865, till he was mustered out of the service, on Jan. 15, 1866, he commanded the 1st separate brigade, 2nd army corps, at Fairfax Court House. He was promoted colonel of his regiment June 4, 1864, brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers Feb. 22, 1865, major-general March 30 following, and was promoted full brigadier-general of volunteers on May 14 of the same year. He was adjutant-general of Vermont 1866-72, collector of internal revenue, 1872-85, and state senator, 1886-87. Gen. Wells died in New York city on April 29, 1892.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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