Born in Maine on September 23, 1841, he earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War while serving as Private, Company A, 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry, at Bull Run, Virginia, July 21, 1861. The Medal was actually issued on April 5, 1898. He received the Medal for “Voluntarily accompanying his company and assisting in removing the dead and wounded from the field under a heavy fire of artillery and musketry.”
He died on April 17, 1904 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery under a private memorial which also reads:
“Thanks be to God which giveth us wisdom.”
WHEELER, HENRY W.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 2d Maine Infantry. Place and date: At Bull Run, Virginia, 21 July 1861. Entered service at: Bangor, Maine. Born: 1842, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Date of issue: 5 April 1898.
Voluntarily accompanied his commanding officer and assisted in removing the dead and wounded from the field under a heavy fire of artillery and musketry.
WHEELER, HENRY W
1LT 81ST USCT
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/18/1904
- BURIED AT: SITE 1496
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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