William Othello Wilson

William Othello Wilson (HM20UR)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 37.943', W 77° 43.4'

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1867 - 1928

—Military Figure —

Born and raised in Hagerstown, Wilson enlisted in the 9th U.S. Cavalry ("Buffalo Soldiers") in 1889. on December 30,1890 (the day after the battle of Wounded Knee), Corporal Wilson was in a party escorting a supply train when they learned of the battle several miles away. Wilson was part of a small detail that was left to escort the slow moving wagons. The wagons were later attacked by a party of Sioux warriors. When scouts refused to carry dispatches seeking help from other
units, Wilson stated "lieutenant, I will carry that dispatch." Riding hard and pursued most of the way, Wilson reached reinforcements and help was sent to the endangered supply train. For this act, Wilson received the last medal of honor earned on American soil.
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HM NumberHM20UR
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
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Date Added Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 10:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266278 N 4390501
Decimal Degrees39.63238333, -77.72333333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 37.943', W 77° 43.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 37' 56.58" N, 77° 43' 24" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 583-597 MD-65, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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