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E.B. Williston

E.B. Williston

Federal (USA)


Edward Bancroft Williston

(1837 - 1920)

Home State: Vermont

Education: Norwich University, Class of 1857

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 2nd United States Artillery, Battery D


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

A Norwich graduate, he was appointed Second Lieutenant, 2nd United States Artillery on 5 August 1861, and promoted to First Lieutenant on 27 September 27, 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded Battery D of the 2nd US Artillery at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for service at Trevilian Station, 12 June 1864. He was honored by brevet four times during the War: for his actions at Salem Heights, Virginia (5/1863: Captain), Gettysburg (7/63: Major), Winchester (9/64: Lieutenant Colonel), and for War service (3/65: Colonel).

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service, appointed Captain, 8 March 1865, Major, 3rd U.S. Artillery, 22 March 1885, Lieutenant Colonel, 12 February 1895, and Colonel, 6th U.S. Artillery, 8 March 1898. He was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers on 4 March 1898 for Spanish-American War service and discharged from the volunteers on 12 June 1899. He retired from the Army on 15 July 1900, and was advanced to Brigadier General on the retired list, by Act of Congress of 23 April 1904.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1. Additional information from the Beta Kappa chapter of Theta Chi (Hamline, MN) - the Fraternity was founded at Norwich University, and the first pledges were Edward Williston and Lorenzo Potter. The picture above is from a group photo of Officers of the US Horse Artillery Brigade, Culpeper, Va, September 1863 in the MOLLUS-Massachusetts collection2.


7/15/1837; Norwich, VT


4/24/1920; Portland, OR; burial in 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, Vol. 1, pg. 1044  [AotW citation 1177]

2   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: pg. 1751  [AotW citation 1178]