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Ripley, William Young Warren


Age: 28, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 1st USSS
Service: comn CPT, Co. K, 1st VT INF, 11/28/59 (11/28/59), m/o 8/15/61; comn LTC, 1st USSS, 1/1/62 (1/1/62), wdd, Malvern Hill, 7/1/62, disch 8/6/62 for pr as COL, 10th VT INF, but declined on account of wounds (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 12/31/1832, Middlebury, VT
Death: 12/16/1905

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Block 27, Lot 22
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 22689


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Jones Collection, VHS Collections
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


2nd Great Grandfather of Michael E. Ripley, Marseille, France

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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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Medal of Honor

This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

William Young Warren Ripley

Rank and Organization: Lieut. Colonel, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters.
Place and date: Malvern Hill, VA, 1 Jul 1862.
Entered service at: Rutland.
Born: 31 Dec 1832.
Died: 16 Dec 1905.
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT (Block 27, Lot 22.)
Date of Issue: 11 Mar 1893.
Citation: At a critical moment brought up two regiments, which he led against the enemy himself, being severely wounded.


NARA File Number: V-42-VS-1862.

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(Jones Collection)


(History 10th Vt. Inf.)


Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger
December 21, 1905


End Came Suddenly to Prominent Rutland Man

Rutland, Dec. 16. - Gen. W.Y.W. Ripley, of this city, died suddenly of heart trouble at his home about 4:30 o'clock this morning. He was in his usual health last week.

General Ripley is survived by a wife, one son, Thomas Ripley, of the state of Washington, one daughter, Mrs. John C. Pease, of Boston, a brother, Edmund Ripley, of New York City, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Parker, of Vergennes, and Miss Julia C. R. Dorr, of this city, the famous Vermont poet.

William Young Warren Ripley was born in Middlebury December 31, 1832. He was educated at the Troy Conference Academy, Poultney, and at Lima Institute, Lima, N.Y. He entered the United States military service as captain of Co. K, 1st Vt. Vols., May 8, 1861, under the first call of President Lincoln for 75,000 troops, serving until the expiration of the regiment's term of service. In the following autumn, he joined the 1st Regt. U.S. Sharpshooters, and was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the regiment November 29, 1861, serving with his command with distinguished gallantry until he fell seriously wounded at the battle of Malvern hill. This ended a brilliant military career, for although many times tendered promotion and important commands, disability caused by wounds received in action compelled him to decline all. He was commissioned by Gov. Frederick Holbrook, in August 1862, colonel of the 10th Vt. Vols. In 1864 he was commissioned major-general of the Vermont state militia, which position he held until the policy of the state in regard to its militia was changed. In 1868 he was a district delegate to the Republican national convention. He was elected mayor of this city in 1899. For many years he was engaged in the marble business under the firm name of Ripley Sons. The business was sold to the Vermont Marble Co. in 1889. He had been a director of the Rutland County National Bank since 1867 and president since 1875 when he was selected to succeed his father.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau

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