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A.W. WIlls

A.W. WIlls

Federal (USV)


Andrew Woods Wills

(1841 - 1918)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (detachment)

Before Antietam

He graduated at Norristown, PA in 1860. He enlisted in Company D, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 22 August 1862. He was promoted Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was later cited by brevet for "gallant conduct" at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 26 December 1863 to accept a commission. He was appointed Captain and Acting Quartermaster, US Volunteers to date from 5 December 1863. He was honored by brevets on 23 June 1865 to Major for faithful service in the QM Department at Nashville, TN, and Lieutenant Colonel for Antietam and Nashville, and for meritorious service through the War.

After the War

He mustered out of the Volunteer service on 31 December 1867. He was a lawyer, Postmaster (1889-94, 1898-1914), and a claims agent in Nashville. He was Commissioner General of the Tennessee Centennial Exhibition at Nashville in 1897, and delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900.

References & notes

Service dates from Heitman1, with details from the Political Graveyard and Who's Who in Tennessee (1911). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a group photo from Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (WICR 31879), posted on their Trans-Mississippi Theater Photo Archive.

More on the Web

A 1903 photograph of him is in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection, US Army Heritage & Education Center, Carlisle, PA.


04/30/1841; near Philadelphia, PA


07/14/1918; Nashville, TN; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, TN


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 1044  [AotW citation 14908]