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William Henry Powell

Date of birth: May 25, 1825
Date of death: December 26, 1904
Burial location: Chicago, Illinois
Place of Birth: South Wales, Pontypool
Home of record: Ironton Ohio


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major William Henry Powell, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 26 November 1862, while serving with 2d West Virginia Cavalry, in action at Sinking Creek, Virginia, for distinguished services in raid, where with 20 men, he charged and captured the enemy's camp, 500 strong, without the loss of man or gun.

General Orders: Date of Issue: July 22, 1890

Action Date: November 26, 1862

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Division: 2d West Virginia Cavalry