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Sperry, William Joseph


Age: 20, credited to Cavendish, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. E, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/26/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. E, 6th VT INF, comn 2LT, 8/21/62 (9/15/62), pr 1LT, 3/3/63 (3/17/63), pr CPT, Co. C, 8/8/64 (9/3/64), pr MAJ, 1/7/65 (1/30/65), Bvt LTC, 4/2/65 for gallantry in the assault on Petersburg, pr LTC, 6/4/65 (6/17/65), m/o 6/26/65 as MAJ (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 12/28/1840, Cavendish, VT
Death: 03/03/1914

Burial: Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris + and Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 23051


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/8/1890, VT; widow Lucy M., 3/11/1914, VT
Portrait?: Gibson Collection
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

William Joseph Sperry

Rank and Organization: Major, 6th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Petersburg, VA, 2 Apr 1865.
Entered service at: Vermont.
Born: Cavendish, 28 Dec 1840.
Died: 3 March 1914.
Buried: Mount Union Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Date of Issue: 12 Aug 1892.
Citation: With the assistance of a few men, captured 2 pieces of artillery and turned them upon the enemy.


John Gibson Collection


Col. William J. Sperry, aged 73 years, died March 3 at his home in Cavendish, having been a lifelong resident of that town. Mr. Sperry was a veteran of the Civil war, first enlisting in the three months men, Co. E, 18th Vt. Vol. infantry. After returning home he soon enlisted in Co. E, 6th Vt. When he won promotion from a non-commissioned officer to major and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel for bravery at the assault of Petersburg. He has since the war been awarded a medal of honor on account of meritorious service during the rebellion. Col. Sperry has been to several sessions of the Vermont legislature, twice as assistant door-keeper. In 1888 he represented the town, and in 1910 and 1912 was door-keeper for the legislature. Mr. Sperry had been a member of the Masonic order for fifty years.

Source: Barre Times, March 14, 1914
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.


Further Information.

See also: Beyer and Keydel, 518.

NARA File Number: 1602-VS-1877.

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Contributed by Heidi McColgan