William Henry Powell(1838 - 1901)
Home State: District Of Columbia
Command Billet: AAAG 1st Bgde, Sykes' Div
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted as Private in the 4th Battalion, DC Militia on 17 April 1861, and was discharged 17 July. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th US Infantry 24 Oct 1861, and promoted to 1st Lieutenant on the day before the battle of Antietam.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was Acting Assistant Adjutant General (AAAG) of the First Brigade, Sykes' Division at Antietam.
The remainder of the War:
He served as Adjutant of the 4th Infantry 1 Mar 1862 to 29 Jan 1863. He won brevets to Captain (Antietam) and Major (Petersburg) for War service.
After the War:
During the rest of his long military career he was made Captain 2 Feb 1865, Major of the 22nd Infantry 5 Aug 1888, Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th Infantry 4 May 1892, and finally, Colonel commanding the 9th US Infantry 27 June 1897. He retired from the Army 25 Apr 1899.
References, Sources, and other notes:
The essentials of this officer's service are from Heitman's Register1.His gravesite is online from find-a-grave.
Powell is perhaps best known today as the prolific chronicler of the 4th Infantry, the V Corps of the Army of the Potomac, and other Army history. His books include:
Powell, William Henry, Powell's Records of Living Officers of the United States Army, Philadelphia: R. L. Hamersly, 1890 [online]
|Birth Date: 09/21/1838 Place of Birth: Washington, DC |
Death Date: 11/16/1901 Death Place: Sacketts Harbor, NY Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
1 Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 803 [AotW citation 853]
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