Lot 366: Medal of Honor WILLIAM WHERRY Autograph Letter Orders Signed, West Point Orders
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Post Civil War
Trio of West Point Special Orders Signed by Medal of Honor Recipient WILLIAM WHERRY as Acting Assistant Adjutant General
WILLIAM M. WHERRY (1836-1918). Received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Civil War Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861, saw service in the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Appointed Brigadier General of the Army.
September 23-28, 1878-Dated post Civil War, wonderful Trio of original West Point Manuscript Signed Special Orders, where William Wherry has signed these (3) Three Special Orders, as Assistant Adjutant General of West Point. Wherry received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. Wherry's Medal of Honor was issued after the Civil War on October 30, 1895 with the citation "Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire".
Numbered 134, 135 and 136, each document measures about 8" x 10" and each bears Wherry's signature on original official "West Point" letterhead. (3 items).
William M. Wherry (September 13, 1836 - November 3, 1918) was an American author, soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Wherry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He served on the frontier against the Indians and during the Spanish American War. Wherry retired at the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. Wherry is the author of General Wherry is the author of 'Wilson's Creek and the Death of Lyon' in " Battles and Leaders of the Civil War".
While serving in the American Civil War, as a First Lieutenant of Company D, 3rd U.S. Reserve Missouri Infantry, Wherry received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. Wherry's Medal of Honor was issued after the war on October 30, 1895 with the citation "Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire".
Wherry was promoted to Lt Col, Second United States Infantry on 29 December 1894. At the onset of the Spanish-American War he took command of the 2nd Infantry when regimental commander Col John C. Bates was promoted to brigadier general of an Independent Brigade consisting of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and 20th Infantry Regiment. He commanded the regiment until he was promoted to colonel of the 8th Infantry on 30 August 1898.
Wherry was appointed brigadier general of volunteers September 21, 1898 and discharged from the volunteers on November 30, 1898. Wherry was appointed brigadier general in the Regular Army on January 7, 1899 and retired on January 18, 1899.
Wherry died on November 3, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.