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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