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W. H. Medill

W. H. Medill

Federal (USV)


William Henry Medill

(1835 - 1863)

Home State: Illinois

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 8th Illinois Cavalry

Before Antietam

"Private William Medill [of the Chicago Dragoons] recruited the Fremont Dragoons which became Company G of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry." He was commissioned Captain on 18 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was promoted to Major on 10 September (to date from the 6th) and commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was mortally wounded in action at Williamsport, MD on 6 July 1863. He was admitted to a hospital in Frederick, MD on 8 July but died there of complications from his wound on 16 July 1863.

References & notes

Basics of his service from Barker's Dragoons 1 and the Adjutant General.2 An 1861 photograph, excerpted above, is from the War Library and Museum of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (Meade Album), Philadelphia. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See an excellent series of biographical "snippets" [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3] about Medill from Connor Smith on SmithThoughts.


11/05/1835; Massillon, OH


7/16/1863; Frederick, MD; burial in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL


1   Kooser, William, The Never-before-told Story of Barkers Dragoons, Illinois Heritage Magazine, 1999-09-01, pp. 17-21  [AotW citation 299]

2   State of Illinois, Adjutant General, and J.N Reece, Brig. Gen, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1861-66), 9 volumes, Springfield: Journal Company, Printers and Binders (State Printer), 1900-1902, Vol. 8, pp. 105, 128  [AotW citation 25308]